The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) yesterday rewarded the victorious Bangladesh team for their brilliant Test and ODI series sweep against Zimbabwe.
The advisory committee of the Board after an informal meeting last evening at the BCB's Gulshan office, declared a lucrative bonus for the entire squad.
"We have decided to award Tk 3 lakhs to cricketers who had featured in both the series (Test and ODI). Those who were part of the squad in one series will get half of that amount," said Reazuddin Al Mamun, BCB advisor and chairman of the media committee.
Mamun added that coach Dav Whatmore, physio Robbie Hunt and trainer Stuart Karppinen will also receive Tk 3 lakh each while manager MA Latif Khan and computer analyst Nasir Ahmed will get 1.5 lakh Taka.
"We didn't announce the bonus after the Test series victory because we thought it would be better to declare it after the end of the one-day matches. We think the cricketers have fully earned the bonus through their historic success," said Mamun.
Mamun also said that the cricketers were in line for more prizes. "As far we know they will be awarded by the government also."
Bangladesh captain Habibul Bashar was delighted at hearing the announcement.
"I thank the cricket board on behalf of my team. It is a really encouraging news for us but I must say the boys deserve it. We tasted our maiden Test and one-day series victory against Zimbabwe which was an occasion to savour in the history of Bangladesh's cricket.
"It was not the money rather we were waiting to hear something like this from the Board as that proves they appreciate what we have achieved. The announcement will definitely inspire us ahead of our next assignment," said Bashar.
The bonus will be in excess of the monthly benefit packages enjoyed by the cricketers.
Bangladesh won the two-Test series 1-0 and then in a memorable comeback, cliched the ODI series 3-2 after trailing 0-2.
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