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Gazi Ashraf

Gazi Ashraf Hossain (Bengali: গাজী আশরাফ হোসেন; born: 29 December 1960), commonly known as Lipu, is a former Bangladeshi cricketer who played and captained the Bangladesh national cricket team in its first seven One Day International (ODI) matches, two in the 1986 Asia Cup, three in the 1988 Asia Cup, and two in the 1990 Austral-Asia Cup.

Lipu in ODI

Lipu's highest ODI score (18) came in his very final ODI against Australia at Sharjah in 1990.[1] He also has two ODI wickets in his bag. He dismissed Javed Miandad at Moratuwa[2] in the Asia Cup in 1986.

Lipu in ICC Trophy cricket

He played in 20 ICC Trophy matches for Bangladesh in 1982, 1986, and 1990. He was a member of the team captained by that lost its Semi Final against Zimbabwe and then also lost the Consolation Final against Papua New Guinea in the 1982 ICC Trophy in England. His best performance came in the opening match against West Africa. His 77 helped Bangladesh beat their opponents by 76 runs. Unfortunately, he was unable to keep up his good form, and at the end of the trophy he finished with 126 runs from 7 innings, with an average of 21.00.[3] He was the captain in the 1986 ICC Trophy also held in England, but the team failed to progress pass the group stage. Bangladesh defeated Kenya and Argentina, but lost against Zimbabwe (the eventual winners), Malaysia, East Africa and Denmark. Lipu's top score (41) came against Malaysia. He also took 6 wickets in the trophy at an average of 29.66. His best bowling was 3/26 against Kenya.[4]

Ashraf Lipu was captain again in the ICC Trophy of 1990, in Netherlands.Though Lipu himself was out of form, (he scored only 106 runs in 7 innings, his highest, 40 coming in the first match against Kenya), the team performed admirably under his leadership to reach the semi-finals.[5] Thus Lipu ended his international career on a high.

 BattingBowling
YearMatchesRunsAverageHigh Score100 / 50RunsWicketsAverageBest
1982712621.00770/130215.002/30
1986612320.50410/0178629.673/26
1990710615.14400/0----
Overall2035518.68770/1208826.003/26

In other tournaments

Gazi Ashraf enjoyed outstanding success in the 1st South East Asian Cricket Cup in Dhaka, in 1984. His highest 62 came against Bangladesh Tigers. He also scored 40 against Hong Kong in the Final. It was during this tournament, that he cemented his place as the regular No 3 in the national side. In the tour to Kenya that followed, he did well in the 3-day and 2 Day match, but missed out in the One-Day matches.

Ashraf Lipu as a captain

Among all the captains of Bangladesh, Lipu enjoyed the longest stint. He captained Bangladesh against Sri Lanka in March 1985, and remained as captain until the ICC Trophyin the summer of 1990.

Before taking up the captaincy of the national side, Lipu had already proved himself as a successful leader in domestic cricket. He was successful as captain of Abahani KC in the Dhaka League, and as the captain of Dhaka University in national cricket. Also, in January 1985, he led the Bangladesh U-25 side against a touring New Zealand team.[6] According to many analysts, the era of Lipu's captaincy saw the most significant developments in Bangladesh cricket. While the national team failed to achieve expected results, the period saw a number of talented cricketers like Minhajul Abedin, Athar Ali Khan, Akram Khan, Gholam Nousher, Aminul Islam and few others emerge as quality international players. These players would be the stars of the Bangladesh side throughout the 90's and beyond. More importantly, during the second half of the 80's, professionalism entered Bangladesh cricket and at the same time cricket became increasingly popular among the young generation.[7]

Even after retiring from international cricket Gazi Ashraf Lipu continued to be a successful captain in domestic arena. He led Abahani KC to the Dhaka league title in 1993–94. Faruk Ahmed, who was the captain of the national squad at that time was playing under him in League cricket.

Bangladeshi ODI captains
NumberNameYearPlayedWonTiedLostNo result
1Gazi Ashraf1985/6-1989/9070070
Bangladeshi ICC Trophy captains
NumberNameYearPlayedWonTiedLostNo resultWhere finished
2Gazi Ashraf198662040Sixth in qualifying group
199075020Semi-Finalists
Total137060
Gazi Ashraf captaincy record in major competitions
YearTournamentVenueResult
19862nd Asia CupSri Lanka3rd among 3 Countries
19863rd ICC TrophyEnglandEliminated in the 1st round (6th in a group of 7 teams)
19882nd South East Asian CupHong KongChampion
19883rd Asia CupBangladesh4th among 4 countries
19902nd Austral-Asia CupSharjah (UAE)Eliminated in the 1st round (3rd in a group of 3 teams)
19904th ICC TrophyNetherlands3rd Place (17 teams competed)
Preceded by
Raquibul Hasan
Bangladeshi cricket Captains
1985–1990
Succeeded by
Minhajul Abedin
Preceded by
Bangladeshi ICC Trophy Captains
1986, 1990
Succeeded by
Faruk Ahmed

Lipu as a cricket administrator

In recent years, Lipu has successfully served different top level administrative positions in Bangladesh cricket. He is still heavily involved with the development of cricket in Bangladesh.

References

  1. ^ "6th Match, Austral-Asia Cup at Sharjah, Apr 30 1990 - Bangladesh vs Australia". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 28 April 2018.
  2. ^ "2nd Match, John Player Gold Leaf Trophy (Asia Cup) at Moratuwa, Mar 31, 1986 - Bangladesh vs Pakistan". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 28 April 2018.
  3. ^ BanglaCricket: Bangladesh in ICC Trophy,ICC Trophy 1982, England Archived 14 June 2008 at the Wayback Machine (Retrieved on 19 January 2008)
  4. ^ BanglaCricket: Bangladesh in ICC Trophy, ICC Trophy 1986, England Archived 14 June 2008 at the Wayback Machine (Retrieved on 20 January 2008)
  5. ^ BanglaCricket: Bangladesh in ICC Trophy, ICC Trophy 1990, Netherlands Archived 14 June 2008 at the Wayback Machine (Retrieved on 21 January 2008)
  6. ^ Hasan Babli. "Antorjartik Cricket Bangladesh". Khelar Bhuban Prakashani, November 1994.
  7. ^ Rafiqul Ameer (12 May 2006). "Looking: Bangladesh Cricket in the 80's". Star Weekend Magazine. Archived from the original on 22 February 2012. Retrieved 28 April 2018.

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28 September 2019