Bangladesh is passing through a golden period as a developing country. Sri Lanka, the closest spectator, will agree. If the economy is booming, cricket — a major source of revenue — cannot be far behind.

At a time when Bangladesh’s central bank approved a $200 million currency swap agreement with Sri Lanka to help Colombo tackle its foreign exchange crisis, the cricket team tasted its maiden series win, across formats, against the islanders.

The 2-1 triumph in the ODI series will hold Bangladesh in good stead as it prepares to compete against England and Australia later this year.

Off-spinner Mehidy Hasan Miraz returned 4/30 and 3/28 in the first two ODIs that sealed the deal for Bangladesh. He also rose to the second position in the ICC bowling rankings thus becoming the third player from Bangladesh, after Shakib Al Hasan and Abdur Razzak, to break into the top two.

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