Bangladesh team is receiving an enormous amount of praise from different parts of the cricketing world for their victorious display in the first Test against New Zealand recently. They beat the Blackcaps in their own backyard by eight wickets which marked Bangladesh’s first win in New Zealand in any format of the sport.

Shakib said, “The way we started the new year is incredible,” Shakib added. “We have to give credit to every player, support personnel and all. We have failed to do well last year, and some big challenges are coming in this year.”

Young players like Mahmudul Hasan Joy, Shoriful Islam and Ebadot Hossian have done well in this match. Shoriful bagged three wickets in the first innings, while Ebadot bagged six in the second— his best in the format, and it was the first time after 2013 when a Bangladeshi pacer bagged five or more wickets in a Test. And Mahmudul hit 78 in the first innings, playing in his second match.

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Shakib is not participating in the New Zealand series for family reasons. He was included in the team initially, but the all-rounder later withdrew his name from the squad citing family reasons and difficulties he faces in strict quarantine.

The all-rounder is expected to take part in the 50-over edition of the Bangladesh Cricket League (BCL) starting from 9 January in Sylhet.

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