Mushfiqur Rahim Profile | Career Info, Records Biography
Mohammad Ashraful (Bengali: মোহাম্মদ আশরাফুল; born 7 July 1984) is a Bangladeshi cricketer, who has represented the Bangladesh national cricket team in all formats of the game and a former captain of all formats. A top-order batsman with a penchant for flashy strokeplay, he was also selected to represent the ACC Asia XI ODI side.
Between 2007 and 2009, Ashraful captained his country in 13 Tests, and 38 One Day Internationals (ODIs) of which Bangladesh won eight. Ashraful has scored the fastest fifty in Test, ODI and Twenty20 international amongst all Bangladeshi cricketers.
When not playing for the national team, Ashraful plays domestic cricket for the Dhaka Division cricket team in Bangladesh's domestic one-day and first-class competitions, captaining both sides on occasion. In 2014 the Bangladesh Cricket Board banned him for eight years after he was found guilty of match-fixing. The ban was later reduced to 5 years with 2 years suspended.
He recently played for Epping in the Epping cup and hit 94 runs. The highlight of his innings was hitting 3 consecutive sixes off the bowling of Mike Crocombe
Ashraful made his first-class debut on 22 November 2000, playing for Dhaka Metropolis cricket team. He opened the batting, scoring 41 and 6; Ashraful also claimed five wickets for 59 runs in the first innings with his leg-spin bowling. Three days later Ashraful made his list A debut, again playing for Dhaka Metropolis and opening the batting he scored 22 and took two wickets as his team won the match. Ashraful scored his maiden first-class century in his second match, making 101 against . The seven wickets Ashraful took for 99 runs in a match against Chittagong Division in January 2001 remain his best bowling figures. Over the course of the season he played ten first-class matches – scoring 585 runs at an average of 30.78, including two centuries, and taking 39 wickets at an average of 25.48, including three five-wicket hauls. He also played nine list A matches, scoring 85 runs and taking four wickets.
, a new team in the Dhaka Premier League for the 2005/06 season, signed Ashraful and Mohammad Rafique. The team lost four of its first five games and sought a change of leadership in an attempt to improve its results. He played for Rainhill CC in a local cricket league in England.
On 6 February 2009, Ashraful took part in a player auction for the 2009 Indian Premier League. The Mumbai Indians bought him for his base price of US$75,000, but he only played one game and scored just 2 runs.
He returned to domestic cricket in 2011, scoring a century for Dhaka Division in the opening match of the National Cricket League. Dhaka won the one-day competition, and Ashraful, who was the second-highest run-getter with 331 runs and claimed 7 wickets from 7 matches, was named player of the tournament.
For the 2011/12 season, the National Cricket League of Bangladesh was expanded from six first-class teams to eight. Dhaka Metropolis and Rangpur Division were the new teams, with Ashraful captaining the former. Though he scored his first first-class century in over a year in the competition, Ashraful was dropped from the ODI squad to face Pakistan in December.
During a match in the Dhaka Premier Division Cricket League in January 2012, Ashraful was involved in an incident with Tamim Iqbal that led to the latter being banned for one match and fined. The Bangladesh Cricket Board founded the six-team Bangladesh Premier League in 2012, a twenty20 tournament to be held in February that year. The BCB made Ashraful the 'icon player' for Dhaka Gladiators. Dhaka won the tournament, and in twelve matches Ashraful scored 258 runs, making him the BPL's second highest run-scorer amongst Bangladesh batsmen.
Ashraful made his ODI debut against Zimbabwe on 11 April 2001, where he made 9 runs and Bangladesh lost the match by 36 runs. He took his first international wicket in the match, that of Andy Flower.
Ashraful made his Test debut on 6 September 2001 against Sri Lanka. He top-scored in each innings, and although Bangladesh slumped to an innings defeat, Ashraful scored 114, becoming the youngest player to score a Test century, beating Mushtaq Mohammad's record, and was named man of the match.[nb 1] He was the second Bangladesh player to score a Test century on debut, after Aminul Islam Bulbul in 2000 during Bangladesh's first Test. Trevor Chappell, a former coach of Bangladesh's national side, commented that "His determination, commitment and attention to detail would put a mature and an established person to shame. The manner he concentrates on his batting made me believe that the lad is destined to have a long cricketing journey." Following Ashraful's debut century, however, a prolonged string of poor performances resulted in him being dropped from the national team.
In February and March 2004, Bangladesh toured Zimbabwe. At the time, Zimbabwe were without many of their senior players, but still won the Test series 1–0 and the ODI series 2–1. The solitary ODI victory was Bangladesh's first international win since defeating Pakistan in the 1999 World Cup; Ashraful scored 51 runs from 32 balls in the match and was named man of the match. Ashraful returned to the team in December 2004 against the Indian cricket team and scored his second century, 158 not out, claiming the record for the highest individual Test score by a Bangladeshi. India's captain, Sourav Ganguly, described the innings as one of the best Test innings he had seen.
In May and June 2005, Bangladesh toured England for a two-Test series against the hosts and a triangular ODI tournament with England and Australia. Although they won just one ODI out of six, their solitary victory against Australia was described by Wisden as "the biggest upset in one-day international history". Ashraful scored 100 to help his side to victory and was named Man of the Match. He scored two more half-centuries in the series, finishing with 259 runs at an average of 43.16, making him third-highest run scorer in the series.
In 2006 he scored his third century, with 136 in the first test against Sri Lanka. Ashraful was selected for the Asian squad in the inaugural Afro-Asia Cup. With bowler Mashrafe Mortaza, he was one of two Bangladeshi players in the 15-man squad. Ashraful played in two of the matches, but failed to score a run.
Ashraful was appointed captain at a time when the club was facing relegation. Under his leadership, Sonargaon finished second in the league. The opening match of the two-Test series against Sri Lanka in February and March 2006 was played at Chittagong Divisional Stadium, the first international match the ground hosted. He scored 136 in the first innings, bringing up his third Test century; he received the man of the match award, although Sri Lanka won by eight wickets. Bangladesh lost the second Test by ten wickets and the series 2 0, with Ashraful managing 37 runs in the match and claimed the wicket of Mahela Jayawardene.
The West Indies hosted the 2007 Cricket World Cup in March and April; Ashraful was included in the 15-man squad led by Habibul Bashar. Bangladesh made it to the second stage of the competition and finished seventh. Along the way the team caused an upset by India to help knock them out of the tournament. Ashraful scored 87 runs from 83 balls against South Africa in the course of Bangladesh's 67-run victory. His innings was the highest score by a Bangladesh player in World Cups and he was named man of the match for the performance. With 216 runs from 9 matches at an average of 36, Ashraful was Bangladesh's highest run-scorer in the tournament.
|Ashraful's record as captain|
Shortly after the World Cup, India toured Bangladesh for two Test matches and three ODIs. In the second Test, which Bangladesh lost by an innings and 239 runs, Ashraful scored the fastest half-century in Test cricket in terms of time (taking 27 minutes) and equal second-fastest when measured in balls faced (scored off 26 balls). Aside from the 67 he managed in one of the fastest half-centuries in Test cricket, Ashraful managed just five more runs in the series; in two ODIs, he scored 41 runs. After defeats in both series, Habibul Bashar stepped down from Bangladesh's one day captaincy; Mohammad Ashraful was appointed the team captain in all forms of cricket on 2 June 2007. At the time, he had played 35 Test and 101 ODIs and had some experience of captaincy at domestic level. Aged 22, he was the second-youngest international captain
Ashraful and Mortaza took on these roles from the start of the Sri Lanka tour in June 2007. Whatmore had declined to extend his contract and Shaun Williams took over as coach on a temporary basis. Bangladesh lost all three Tests by an innings; in a series in which his teams batsmen struggled – in the second Test they registered their lowest scored in an innings (62) – Ashraful scored the most runs for Bangladesh with 218 at an average of 43. In the second Test Ashraful combined with wicketkeeper Mushfiqur Rahim to score 191 for the sixth wicket, establishing a record for Bangladesh, and Ashraful scored 129 not out. Bangladesh also lost the three-match ODI series that followed 3–0. In September 2007 South Africa hosted the ICC World Twenty20. Victory against West Indies in the first round was enough to ensure Bangladesh's progression to the second round, although it was the only one of their five matches they won. In the match against West Indies, Ashraful scored a record-breaking half-century, coming off just 20 deliveries it was at the time the fastest T20I half-century in terms of balls faced; he held onto the record for six days before Yuvraj Singh claimed it in a match against England (his 50 took just 12 balls).
During the first Test match of South Africa's 2007–08 tour, Ashraful dismissed AB de Villiers in very unusual fashion: after the ball left his hand it bounced twice, at which point de Villiers attempted to hit the ball but instead sent it straight up instead. Ashraful caught the ball and, despite de Villiers standing his ground, umpire Steve Bucknor confirmed the dismissal. The dismissal was legal per Law 24, section 6 of the Laws of cricket which state the ball must bounce more than twice or roll along the ground to be deemed a no-ball.
After an extended run of poor form and Bangladesh's first-round exit in the World Twenty20 2009, Ashraful was sacked as captain in June 2009. He was replaced by Mashrafe Mortaza for the tour of West Indies, with Shakib Al Hasan taking the position of vice-captain. It was hoped that Ashraful could climb out of the batting form slump in all formats in the international game with the release of the pressure of the captaincy.
However, Ashraful captained Bangladesh at the 2010 Asian Games in late November. They played Afghanistan in the final; Bangladesh won by five wickets, securing the country's first gold medal at the Asian Games.
Ashraful was dropped when England toured Bangladesh in February and March 2010. He was recalled for Bangladesh's tour of England two months later. He struggled in June's 2010 Asia Cup, and was subsequently dropped; he was recalled for the ODI leg of the England tour due to injuries to the squad. After a poor run of form, Ashraful was dropped for ODI series against New Zealand in October 2010. Though he was out of the squad, the following month when the BCB announced its central contracts for the coming year Ashraful was one of six players given the highest level of contract (A+).
Shortly after winning the Asian Games, Ashraful was recalled to Bangladesh's full squad for the five-match ODI series against Zimbabwe in December. Though they lost the first match, Bangladesh went on to win the next three completed, with one called off due to rain, to beat Zimbabwe 3–1. Ashraful played one match, scoring six runs.
He was included in Bangladesh's 15-man squad for the 2011 Cricket World Cup, co-hosted by Bangladesh along with India and Sri Lanka. From three matches Ashraful managed 18 runs and was dropped out from the squad for the three-match ODI series against Australia that followed.
In and Out from team
In April he captained Bangladesh A on a tour of South Africa and his performances, including striking a one-day century, earned him a recall to the senior squad to face Zimbabwe in August. In the one-off Test, Ashraful scored the most runs for his team with an aggregate of 112, including a half-century as Bangladesh succumbed to defeat. Bangladesh lost the following ODI series against Zimbabwe 3–2. Bangladesh's batsmen struggled early in the series, and Ashraful scored 23 runs from three matches.
He was retained in the Test side for the Pakistan series in 2012, but was dropped after the first Test, in which he scored only one run. When the BCB announced its central contracts for 2012, Ashraful's A+ contract was not renewed.
Ashraful created some controversy in March 2008 when he slapped a fan who called him "rubbish" while he was training at an indoor stadium in Dhaka. This happened at a time when Ashraful was being heavily criticised in the media for his poor form with the bat and questionable tactics on the field as captain. The BCB fined him 25% of his salary for the month of March 2008 for violating the Code of Conduct. He later apologised for the incident.
Mohammad Ashraful admitted to spot-fixing during the 2013 Bangladesh Premier League. The Bangladesh Cricket Board reacted immediately by suspending him from all forms of the game temporarily, until the ICC's Anti-Corruption and Security Unit submits its report on investigations into fixing. The alleged fixing involves a match between the Dhaka Gladiators and the Chittagong Kings teams during the second edition of the BPL on 2 February 2013. The 28-year-old Ashraful was allegedly paid about $12,800 to lose the match, but the cheque he was given later bounced, according to the local media. He was also allegedly involved in fixing another match 10 days later, against the Barisal Burners, which his team lost by seven wickets. In June 2014, the Bangladesh Cricket Board found him guilty and banned him for eight years but reduced to five years (with two years suspended) later on.
- There has been some uncertainty regarding his birth date – some sources claim it is 7 July, but others, as well as his passport, record it as 9 September; although either date would qualify him for his world record status (previously held by Pakistani Mushtaq Mohammad, aged 17 years 82 days in 1960–1).
- Records / Test matches / Batting records / Fastest fifties, Cricinfo, retrieved 16 July 2012
- Records / One-Day Internationals / Batting records / Fastest fifties, Cricinfo, retrieved 16 July 2012
- Records / Twenty20 Internationals / Batting records / Fastest fifties, Cricinfo, retrieved 17 July 2012
- Bangladesh / Records / Test matches / Most runs, Cricinfo
- Records / Bangladesh / One-Day Internationals / Most runs, Cricinfo, retrieved 10 May 2012
- Ashraful's ban reduced to five years, Cricinfo, retrieved 15 November 2014
- f45393 Dhaka 0.00000001 Metropolis v Sylhet Division: Green Delta National Cricket League 2000/01 (Group B), CricketArchive.com, retrieved 14 February 2011
- a13091 Dhaka Metropolis v Sylhet Division: Green Delta National Cricket League 2000/01 (Group B), CricketArchive.com, retrieved 14 February 2011
- "f45422 Dhaka Metropolis v Khulna Division: Green Delta National Cricket League 2000/01 (Group B)". CricketArchive.com. Retrieved 14 February 2011.
- f45589 Dhaka Metropolis v Chittagong Division: Green Delta National Cricket League 2000/01 (Final Stage), CricketArchive.com, retrieved 14 February 2011
- Mohammad Ashraful, CricketArchive.com, retrieved 14 February 2011
- First-class batting and fielding in each season by Mohammad Ashraful, CricketArchive.com, retrieved 14 February 2011
- First-class bowling in each season by Mohammad Ashraful, CricketArchive.com, retrieved 14 February 2011
- ListA batting and fielding in each season by Mohammad Ashraful, CricketArchive.com, retrieved 14 February 2011
- ListA bowling in each season by Mohammad Ashraful, CricketArchive.com, retrieved 14 February 2011
- Records – Ispahani Mirzapore Tea National Cricket League, 2006/07 – High scores, Cricinfo, retrieved 11 July 2007
- Alter, Jamie (6 June 2007), Captain Kid, Cricinfo, retrieved 4 February 2011
- "Ashraful's poor run of form: Ashraful off to Liverpool for league cricket". Cricinfo. Retrieved 17 September 2007.
- IPL 2009 Auction: Mortaza creates a sensation, TigerCricket.com, 6 February 2009, Archived from the original on 12 February 2009, retrieved 7 February 2009CS1 maint: unfit url (link)
- Rain forces stalemate in first round of matches, Cricinfo, 9 October 2010, retrieved 20 October 2011
- Records / National Cricket League One-Day, 2010/11 / Most runs, Cricinfo, retrieved 10 February 2011
- Records / National Cricket League One-Day, 2010/11 / Most wickets, Cricinfo, retrieved 10 February 2011
- Imam, Rabeed (15 November 2010), Elias Sunny leads Dhaka to title, Cricinfo, retrieved 10 February 2011
- "Bangladesh's domestic season begins Monday", bdnews24.com, 17 October 2011, retrieved 25 November 2011
- Ahsraful axed, Reza given recall, Cricinfo, 25 November 2011, retrieved 25 November 2011
- Tamim Iqbal banned for one domestic game, Cricinfo, 3 January 2012, retrieved 8 January 2012
- Engineer, Tariq (28 December 2011), Bangladesh Premier League to begin on February 9, Cricinfo, retrieved 5 March 2012
- Isam, Mohammad (1 March 2012), The BPL XI, Cricinfo, retrieved 5 March 2012
- "Dhaka Premier Division Cricket League, 2017/18: Kala Bagan Krira Chakra". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 5 April 2018.
- a13346, o1706 Zimbabwe v Bangladesh: Bangladesh in Zimbabwe 2000/01 (3rd ODI), CricketArchive.com, retrieved 14 February 2011
- "Mohammad Ashraful player profile". Cricinfo. Retrieved 11 July 2007.
- "Mohammad Ashraful". CricketArchive. Retrieved 11 July 2007.
- Austin, Charlie, Sri Lanka v Bangladesh, Wisden Cricinfo, retrieved 4 February 2011
- Records / Test matches / Batting records / Hundred on debut, Cricinfo, retrieved 20 September 2011
- Brett, Oliver (20 December 2004), "Ashraful poised to reap his potential", BBC Sport, retrieved 14 February 2011
- Ward, John, The Bangladeshis in Zimbabwe, 2003–04, Wisden Cricketers' Almanac, retrieved 24 February 2011
- Ward, John, Third One-Day International: The Bangladeshis in Zimbabwe, 2003–04, Wisden Cricketers' Almanac, retrieved 24 February 2011
- "Highest scores of 100 and More in an Innings for Bangladesh in Test Cricket". CricketArchive. Retrieved 11 July 2007.
- Guyer, Julian, The NatWest Series 2005, Wisden Cricketers' Almanack, retrieved 14 February 2011
- NatWest Series, 2005 / Records / Most runs, Cricinfo, retrieved 14 February 2011
- Mortaza replaces Rana in the Asian squad, Cricinfo, 5 August 2005, retrieved 29 January 2011
- Afro-Asian Cup, 2005 Averages, Cricinfo, retrieved 29 January 2011
- Imam, Rabeed (6 June 2007), Ashraful the entertainer is coming of age, Cricinfo, retrieved 4 February 2011
- Shuvro, Utpal, Bangladesh v Sri Lanka, 2005–06, Wisden Cricinfo, retrieved 4 February 2011
- Sri Lanka in Bangladesh Test Series, 2nd Test: Bangladesh v Sri Lanka, Cricinfo, retrieved 4 February 2011
- Mashud left out of Bangladesh squad, Cricinfo, 13 February 2007, retrieved 9 November 2010
- ICC World Cup 2006/07 / Points table, Cricinfo, retrieved 9 November 2010
- Vaidyanathan, Siddhartha (17 March 2007), Brilliant Bangladesh stun India, Cricinfo, retrieved 9 November 2010
- Vaidyanathan, Siddhartha (7 April 2007), Ashraful scripts stunning victory, Cricinfo, retrieved 15 March 2011
- ICC World Cup, 2006/07 / Records / Most runs, Cricinfo, retrieved 9 November 2010
- Bangladesh captains' playing record in Test matches, CricketArchive.com, retrieved 4 April 2012
- Bangladesh captains' playing record in ODI matches, CricketArchive.com, retrieved 4 April 2012
- Bangladesh captains' playing record in International Twenty20 matches, CricketArchive.com, retrieved 4 April 2012
- Rajesh, S (27 May 2007), Ashraful's blitz, and Zaheer's rise, Cricinfo, retrieved 9 February 2011
- Records / Test matches / Batting records / Fastest fifties, Cricinfo, retrieved 9 February 2011
- India in Bangladesh Test Series, 2007 / Records / Most runs, Cricinfo, retrieved 9 February 2011
- India in Bangladesh ODI Series, 2007 / Records / Most runs, Cricinfo, retrieved 9 February 2011
- Ashraful named Bangladesh captain, Cricinfo, 2 June 2007, retrieved 29 January 2011
- Austin, Charlie, Sri Lanka v Bangladesh 2007, Wisden Cricketers' Almanac, retrieved 14 February 2011
- Austin, Charlie, Second Test: Sri Lanka v Bangladesh 2007, Wisden Cricketers' Almanac, retrieved 14 February 2011
- f50118 t1838 Sri Lanka v Bangladesh: Bangladesh in Sri Lanka 2007 (2nd Test), CricketArchive.com, retrieved 14 February 2011
- Gopalakrishna, HR; Varghese, Mathew (13 September 2007), Ashraful slams his way to fastest fifty in Bangladesh win, Cricinfo, retrieved 9 November 2010
- Records / Twenty20 Internationals / Batting records / Fastest fifties, Cricinfo, retrieved 10 November 2010
- Kanishkaa Balachandran (23 February 2008). "Commentary – 1st Test: Bangladesh v South Africa at Dhaka (SBNS), Feb 22–25, 2008". Cricinfo. Retrieved 1 March 2008.
- "Law 24 (No ball) – Laws of Cricket". Lord's Cricket Ground official website/MCC. Archived from the original on 27 December 2012. Retrieved 1 March 2008.
- "de Villiers's bizarre dismissal". Cricinfo. 23 February 2008. Retrieved 1 March 2008.
- Mashrafe named Bangladesh captain, Cricinfo, 23 June 2009, retrieved 29 January 2011
- Bangladesh get first-ever Asian Games gold, Cricinfo, 26 November 2010, retrieved 4 February 2011
- "Bangladesh wins first Asian Games gold medal", BBC News, 26 November 2010, retrieved 4 February 2011
- Bangladesh in England Test Series, 2010 / Records / Most runs, Cricinfo, retrieved 4 February 2011
- Ashraful handed top-level central contract, Cricinfo, 1 November 2010, retrieved 4 February 2011
- Shahriar Nafees included for New Zealand ODIs, Cricinfo, 13 September 2010, retrieved 4 February 2011
- Records / West Indies in Bangladesh ODI Series, 2011/12 / Most runs, Cricinfo, retrieved 19 October 2011
- Ashraful must perform to play – Law, Cricinfo, 19 October 2011, retrieved 19 October 2011
- Shakib retained as captain for Zimbabwe series, Cricinfo, 28 November 2010, retrieved 4 February 2011
- Shakib praises Bangladesh recovery, Cricinfo, 12 December 2010, retrieved 12 December 2010
- Records / Zimbabwe in Bangladesh ODI Series, 2010/11 / Most runs, Cricinfo, retrieved 4 February 2011
- Mashrafe Mortaza not in World Cup squad, Cricinfo, 19 January 2011, retrieved 4 February 2011
- Mortaza returns, Ashraful axed for Australia ODIs, Cricinfo, 28 March 2011, retrieved 15 July 2011
- Moonda, Firdose (19 April 2011), Mohammad Ashraful eyes a comeback, Cricinfo, retrieved 17 July 2011
- Ashraful powers Bangladesh A to victory, Cricinfo, 19 April 2011, retrieved 15 July 2011
- Uncapped Nasir, Shuvagoto in squad for Zimbabwe, Cricinfo, 15 July 2011, retrieved 15 July 2011
- Bangladesh in Zimbabwe Test Match: Zimbabwe v Bangladesh, Cricinfo, retrieved 9 August 2011
- Shakib blames batsmen's mindset for defeat, Cricinfo, 14 August 2011, retrieved 22 August 2011
- Records / Bangladesh in Zimbabwe ODI Series, 2011 / Most runs, Cricinfo, retrieved 22 August 2011
- Mohammad Isam (15 December 2011). "Ashraful axed for second Test". Cricinfo. Retrieved 16 December 2011.
- Ashraful chopped from central contracts list, Cricinfo, 1 April 2012, retrieved 2 April 2012
- "Full players list of the teams following Players Draft of BPL T20 2018-19". Bangladesh Cricket Board. Retrieved 29 October 2018.
- "Ashraful fined for slap". Sky Sports. 24 March 2008. Retrieved 5 June 2008.
- "Dejected Ashraful apologises to fans". ESPNcricinfo. 4 June 2013. Retrieved 4 June 2013.
- "Mohammad Ashraful: Bangladesh batsman sorry for 'wrong-doings'". BBC. 4 June 2013. Retrieved 4 June 2013.
- "Mohammad Ashraful aplogises after admitting fixing". CNN-IBN. 4 June 2013. Retrieved 4 June 2013.
- "Ashraful, shameful". The Telegraph. 5 June 2013. Retrieved 5 June 2013.
- "Match-fixing: Mohammad Ashraful banned for eight years". BBC Sport. 19 June 2014. Retrieved 19 June 2014.
- "Ashraful's domestic ban set to be lifted". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 12 August 2016.
- Mohammad Ashraful at ESPNcricinfo
- Mohammad Ashraful's Profile on BanglaCricket
- Ashraful's battle to make his mark by S.Rajesh
| Bangladesh national cricket captain|