Bangladesh captain Mushfiqur Rahim (C) swaps high five with paceman Robiul Islam after victory was confirmed in the second and last Test against Zimbabwe at the Harare Sports Club yesterday. Photo: AFP
Bangladesh have just beaten Zimbabwe in the second Test here. It was only their fourth Test win in 13 years, surely an occasion to celebrate. But when Shakib Al Hasan trapped number eleven Kyle Jarvis in front to seal the 143-run win and level the two-Test series 1-1, the celebrations were muted -- in the dressing room, they did not even sing their team song.
It may just have been that the win only levelled a series which they expected to win, but the real reason yesterday was that Bangladesh's players were not in much of a mood to celebrate after the events back home over the past week, which has seen the death toll rise painfully to near 400 from a building collapse in Savar.
"This performance is dedicated to the victims of the Savar building collapse. Obviously this is nothing, and we cannot do anything from here. We are hoping that once we go back we can be of some help. We will not celebrate or sing our team song," said Mushfiqur Rahim at the post-match press conference in Harare.
When asked about the sedate reaction to a historic win, coach Shane Jurgensen said, "I think the boys are really affected by the tragedy back home. We have been looking at the pictures, and it is horrible really. All our thoughts are with the victims of the tragedy."