The Bangladesh Cricket Board has announced a bonus of $350,000 for the national team as the prime minister led congratulations on the side’s historic series win in South Africa.
Bangladesh defeated the Proteas by nine wickets in Centurion on Wednesday to win a three-match ODI series 2-1.
The victory consolidates their position at the top of the Super League table, putting them in strong contention to qualify for the 2023 World Cup.
Bangladesh’s first ODI series win over a major nation was splashed across almost every national newspaper, with the Dhaka Tribune running the headline: “Tigers create history in land of lions”.
“This series win in a previously unconquered land should be recognised as Bangladesh’s best success in ODI history,” veteran cricket writer Utpal Shuvro wrote in the mass-circulation daily Prothom Alo.
India took 26 years and five series to register their first ODI series win in South Africa and Pakistan won on their fourth attempt.
Bangladesh won the first match in Centurion by 38 runs before losing the second by seven wickets.
In the decider, the Tigers bowled out South Africa for 154 before racing to 156-1 in just 26.3 overs.
Pace bowler Taskin Ahmed, who took 5-35 and was named both the Man of the Match and Man of the Series, was hailed as a hero.
Bangladesh are also looking good in Tests, having won their first five-day game against New Zealand in January.
Bangladesh will now play a two-Test series against South Africa, starting in Durban on 31 March.
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