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Australian PM congratulates Bangladesh
09.40 IST   21st June 2005

By Agencies

Australian Prime Minister John Howard on Monday congratulated the Bangladeshi cricket team on its historic victory over his country’s world-champion squad.

Prime Minister John Howard and Leader of the Opposition Kim Beasley felicitated the Bangladesh High Commissioner to Australia Ashraf-ud-Doula on the Bangladeshi players’ success at a reception hosted by the Australian PM and Mrs. Howard to honour those Australians who contributed to the Asian Tsunami disaster relief.

Prime Minister Howard asked the High Commissioner to convey his "very sincere and heartfelt felicitations" to Prime Minister Khaleda Zia on the success.

According to a message received Monday from the High Commission in Australia, electronic and print media over there were awash with several analyses and postmortems of what has been termed "arguably the greatest upset in one-day International Cricket".

Monday’s Canberra Times ran a story headlined ‘First Test of Bangers, and Smashed’, opining that "Bangladesh’s win is one of cricket’s biggest upsets, possibly rivalling the Test that created the Ashes, when Australia beat England at the Oval in 1882, and Australia’s loss to Zimbabwe in the 1983 World Cup".

The Sydney Morning Herald wrote: "Credit must, of course, go to Bangladesh and in particular to Ashraful, whose euphoria at raising his maiden limited-over hundred was one of sport’s more uplifting moments.

“This was a momentous day for Bangladeshi cricket and one to warm the hearts of 140 million Bangladeshis who view cricket as national sport. It might even have surpassed the Asian minnow’s first Test victory over Zimbabwe in January, for this time a giant had been killed. It is not so long ago the Bangladeshi players queued for Steve Waugh’s autograph after the series in Darwin and Cairns.”






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