Bangladesh skipper Mushfiqur Rahim hopes his side will get more opportunities to face Australia after proving themselves worthy adversaries during their tied Test series.
Derided for so many years as cricketing minnows, Bangladesh underscored their status as a nation on the rise when they claimed their first Test victory over Australia in Dhaka.
The hosts fell short in Chittagong, losing the second Test by seven wickets after Nathan Lyon snared career-best figures of 13-154.
It was nonetheless another impressive series for Bangladesh, who have also claimed maiden Test wins over England and Sri Lanka within the past 18 months.
Australia’s first visit to Bangladesh since 2006 was conducted under enormous security after fears of a terrorist attack led to a scheduled tour being cancelled in 2015.
The outcome was testimony to the extensive planning by both teams but also a reminder that Bangladesh have become a formidable opponent on home wickets.
“Probably, (Australia) hadn’t thought that it would be difficult like this,” Mushfiqur said.
“I think the boys from our side, they put up their hands in the past especially and did really well.
“In the last 12 months we beat England and Australia so hopefully, if we can have more opportunities to play against these teams, I think we can also learn a lot of things.
“Hopefully the ICC will look at this.”
Mushfiqur’s side will have their credentials further tested when they tour South Africa before hosting Sri Lanka over the next six months.
Bangladesh continue to build depth but none of their players are as important as Shakib Al Hasan, the world’s No.1 ranked allrounder.
Shakib claimed man of the match honours in Dhaka with a first innings top score of 84 and 10 wickets as Bangladesh claimed a famous 20-run victory.