Bangladesh’s narrow, nerve-racking loss to the English cricket team broke the nation’s hearts.
But we should be encouraged by the quality and fighting spirit shown by our boys.
They can hold their heads up high. They did the nation proud and ran one of the cricketing world’s best Test sides as close as close could be.
There can be no doubt any more that Bangladesh belong in the company of the top cricket playing nations of the world , and that we can more than hold our own against anyone.
That much was once again proven in the Chittagong Test.
The Tigers are a team who demand to be treated with respect and no opponent can afford to take them lightly any more.
That said, the team still falls just a touch short in terms of composure and concentration, and this is the difference between the very best sides and the next tier.
It is not enough to play well for nine-tenths of a match -- a truly top-class team must maintain its consistency throughout the match, and when the chips are down, it must have the ability to dig in and grind out a result, in the face of adversity.
Not only in the Test, in the first one-day match, they had victory in their grasp, only to let it slip away.
The team needs to move to the next level and close matches out ruthlessly when victory is in their sights.
This has been the difference so far between England and Bangladesh on this tour, and we congratulate the English team on a fine win as well as the spirit in which the Test was played.
Given the fact that this was Bangladesh’s first Test match for 15 months, it was a very creditable performance, and showed that the team needs to and deserves to play more Test cricket.
We hope the cricketing world has taken note, and we trust that the Tigers will again show their mettle in the upcoming Dhaka Test.