Cricket South Africa (CSA) congratulated Zimbabwe on its outstanding victory over Bangladesh at Harare Sports Club in its official return to Test match cricket after a six-year absence.
Zimbabwe beat Bangladesh by 130 runs in a one-off Test at Harare Sports club to claim its first victory since making its return to the five-day arena after a six-year absence.
“It gives me great pleasure to congratulate the Zimbabwe Cricket Board and your national side on their brilliant victory over Bangladesh in the Test match which finished at the Harare Sports Club today,” said CSA CEO Gerald Majola in a letter to Ozias Bvute, Managing Director of Zimbabwe Cricket.
“What a wonderful day it is not just for Zimbabwe Cricket but for cricket on the African continent as well! It is a splendid way to celebrate your return to the five-day game. It was particularly encouraging to see a new talent such as Brian Vitori make a big impact on the match and there is no doubt that the franchise system you have introduced at domestic level on much the same lines as we have done has much to do with that.
“Bangladesh paid you the tribute of putting their full-strength team in the field and we look forward to you building on your success in your future Test matches against Pakistan and New Zealand as well as the limited overs part of your current engagement.”
Dale Steyn, the Proteas’ spearhead and World No. 1 ranked bowler, tweeted his congratulations: “Congrats to our neighbours, Zimbabwe! Boys have come out strong after a few years out. Fantastic to see!”