Bangladesh's Mehedi Hasan Miraz, right, and teammate Taijul Islam celebrate after their victory over England.
Bangladesh's Mehedi Hasan Miraz, right, and teammate Taijul Islam celebrate after their victory over England. A.M. Ahad

Bangladesh wants to play the "big boys”

CRICKET: Bangladesh captain Mushfiqur Rahim has called on the International Cricket Council to give his country more games against the bigger nations after defeating England for the first time in a Test match.

England collapsed from 0-100 to 164 all out chasing 273, with teenage spinner Mehedi Hasan taking 6-77 and left-arm tweaker Shakib Al Hasan 4-49.

Bangladesh had won just seven Tests out of 94 before this win five against Zimbabwe and two against second-string West Indies sides.

But with his country's first success over one of the higher-ranked Test nations, Mushfiqur said his team was heading in the right direction.

"We are getting there, hopefully if we play more tests there will be more good results coming our way,” he said.

"The boys are really eager. Hopefully the International Cricket Council and the board will give us a couple more series against the big boys.”

Australia was supposed to have toured Bangladesh last year but Cricket Australia cancelled it because of security concerns.

The two Tests against England were the team's first in 15 months, with the series ending 1-1.

Bangladesh will play two Tests in New Zealand and one in India over the next few months and Mushfiqur said it ws important the players adapted well to foreign conditions.

"In the last two years we've played really well in our home conditions and it's one of our goals to beat every team who come here,” the wicketkeeper-batsman said.

"The next challenge is our overseas (form). We have to adapt really well because you can't get home conditions everywhere.”



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