The 16 members of the Bangladesh National Squad were awarded with Test Caps in a flamboyant ceremony in the Winter Garden of the Hotel Sheraton, Dhaka last night. The President of Bangladesh Cricket Board, Mr. Saber Hossain Chowdhury, formally handed over the green caps with the BCB's logo on top.
The event started with a documentary on Bangladesh Cricket named "Sabash Bangladesh". After that the President distributed the caps among the 16 tigers of Bangladesh who are representing the country. Statistics of the players were shown on a large screen.
Cash awards were given to Aminul Islam, Habibul Bashar, Al-Sahariar, Naimur Rahman and Mohammed Rafique who displayed outstanding performance in the inaugural Test against India. Centurion Aminul Islam and Naimur Rahman (six wickets in that Test) received cheques of Taka. 200,000 each. Habubul Bashar and Rafique were awarded Taka. 100,000 each and Al-Sahariar collected Taka. 80,000. The Partex Group and the BCB distributed the cash awards jointly.
About 500 guests were present, and a cultural program was arranged. Renowned singer Tapan Chowdhury and Baby Naznin took part in the entertainment.
Mehrab Hossain's wife won a Grameen cell phone, and coach Imran's wife won a Dhaka-Hong Kong-Dhaka Air Ticket in a raffle. The presentation was followed by a buffet dinner.
Former state minister for Youth and Sports, Obaidul Quadir Chowdhury, was present as the special guest. He was honoured for his contribution to cricket over the last five years. Guests were shown a nostalgic film of the matchwinning shots of the sixth ICC Trophy in Kuala Lumpur.