Bangladesh v Pakistan, 2nd Test, Mirpur

Ashraful axed for second Test

Mohammad Isam

December 15, 2011

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Mohammad Ashraful during a practice session, Chittagong, December 8, 2011
Mohammad Ashraful is out of the Bangladesh squad after a poor showing in Chittagong © AFP
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Mohammad Ashraful has been dropped from the Bangladesh squad for the second Test against Pakistan, which begins on December 17. The decision follows Ashraful's poor showing in the Chittagong Test, where he lasted fourteen balls in two innings.

Shafiul Islam, meanwhile, returns to the national setup, after being ignored for the first Test. He had missed out on the West Indies Tests in October-November, because of a foot injury.

There was confusion surrounding Bangladesh's squad for the second Test, with regards to the status of Ashraful. He had checked into the team hotel in Dhaka on Wednesday and was among the fourteen players who practiced at the Shere Bangla Stadium on Thursday morning. Also, coach Stuart Law had said Ashraful was, to his knowledge, part of the squad.

However, the selection panel's list, which was yet to be approved by BCB president AHM Mustafa Kamal as is mandatory, did not include Ashraful's name. Eventually, Kamal approved the squad on returning to Dhaka after the ACC meeting in Singapore late on Thursday evening, but the delay raised questions of professionalism.

The amount of time the coaching staff spent working on Ashraful during the training session, and Law's statements, served to add to the confusion. "As far as I know, he [Ashraful] is in the squad," Law said. "That's why he's here at practice. We haven't been told anything different. Maybe it is speculation, that sort of thing goes on in this part of the world."

Later on Thursday, the BCB's cricket operations committee asked Ashraful to leave the hotel while he was signing up with a new club for the Dhaka Premier League on the last day of the inter-club transfers. Shafiul Islam arrived at the hotel in the evening from Bogra, his hometown. The coaching staff wasn't informed of the switch and got to know of it only after it was reported on television channels and news websites.

Squad: Mushfiqur Rahim (capt & wk), Mahmudullah (vice-capt), Tamim Iqbal, Nazimuddin, Shahriar Nafees, Shakib Al Hasan, Naeem Islam, Nasir Hossain, Elias Sunny, Shahadat Hossain, Sohrawardi Shuvo, Robiul Islam, Nazmul Hossain, Shafiul Islam.

Mohammad Isam is senior sports reporter at the Daily Star in Dhaka

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Posted by   on (December 17, 2011, 7:04 GMT)

@Fahii: Full strength, do you mean a side missing, Aamir, Asif, Yousuf, Junaid and Wahab Riaz is a full strenghth side. Mann! this is the least favour Pak can do to BD.

Posted by   on (December 17, 2011, 4:28 GMT)

I agree with Sachit1979 , Abu Jayed and Al Amin are doing very good at the moment.After team selection in previous game I wrote in cricinfo why Shahadath is again when in last 8 innings he achieved 4 wickets only.After playing 291 international innings Ashraful has proved his ability as a worst player when his avg is below 25.Tushar Imran,Asif,Dhiman Ghosh have been showing very good performance.It is better to give chance them as a good performer in national cricket league like Nazimuddin.

Posted by RoarofTiger on (December 17, 2011, 3:38 GMT)

It is such disheartening to see a team with so much potential gone completely waste(may be I am exaggerating) but it does feel pitiful to see BD team going down without giving any fight quite very often. Apart from few players lot of them do not show real commitment on the field. Feel pity for Mushfiqur Rahim and Shakib Al Hasan along with the bowlers who have to toil many a times more than a rest of the team. Would really like to see some frequent tightly fought games from BD team....

Posted by   on (December 17, 2011, 0:30 GMT)

Bangladesh is not playing to their potential, they are much better team then what the results are, bangladesh needs to get together and fight like a tiger, they are not united, they are not playing to win, looks like they are divided, bring back Sakib ull Hasan as a Captain i think the team will perform much better, sakib is a worlds top class player with lots of experience he is the best in my eyes who can manage this team better then anyone else. thankyou

Posted by   on (December 16, 2011, 19:09 GMT)

Ashraful is one of the who is big match player. I think they should have play Ashraful any way. They put him in too much tension to score runs. He should be left alone and tell him to play in free mind. they are is other player don't get runs but they are still in team. Aloc Kapali and Ashraful should have kept in the team.

Posted by Hassan.Farooqi on (December 16, 2011, 17:44 GMT)

Reminds me of how Wasim Raja's career was destroyed. He was always called when he was not ready, and dropped just when he was settling down. How can any player perform like this.

Posted by PakCric786 on (December 16, 2011, 15:53 GMT)

@Fahii.. The reason Pakistan is playing full strength team because they respect cricket and the BD team, they want BD to fight hard so they can get some confident playing good teams.. plus they want to give practice to their main players before the England series. I pray for BD team to be one of the best team and play some good cricket... Respect from Pakistani Fan and good luck to both teams.

Posted by ABRAR-JANJUA on (December 16, 2011, 14:33 GMT)

i dont know why Aftab Ahmad and Junaid Siddiqui are missing from Bangladesh squad....

Posted by   on (December 16, 2011, 13:59 GMT)

Common Bangladesh fight hard and Show the world Including myself too what u guys are made up for.Even 1 victory in the series of hammering defeat will boast your morale Sky High .I m an Indian but expecting Bangladesh to atleast make amatch of it.Good luck to both the sides

Posted by Salman_Mughal on (December 16, 2011, 12:06 GMT)

its not good to blame only ashraful for bangladesh loss. Bangladesh is a team of 11 players.. and captain should lead from the front... i remember after losing first T20 match of this tour, Bangladesh Captain said "We missed Tamim" now tamim has played all three ODI's and 2 innings of 1st test.. so what difference he made ? Bangladesh can compete only when they will play like a unit not like a individual. Bangladesh has spent alot of time in International Cricket World.. and they are disappointing... their bat & ball should talk rather than their mouth !!

Posted by WICric101 on (December 16, 2011, 11:30 GMT)

Being a WI i know of batsmen who show promise & talent but never deliver. Ashraful is one of them, he should be axed for a long time until he proves he deserves a spot on team,so to should a number of WI of luck Bangladesh

Posted by Fahii on (December 16, 2011, 11:14 GMT)

It is not good, pakistan's playing with full strenght & taking over Bang tigers.... give them a break, exclude Ajmal/Gul/Younis from the Team so that Bang might put some gud fight....its gud for cricket entertainment prospective as well for younsters in the team of Pak

Posted by   on (December 16, 2011, 10:46 GMT)

One way or the other, Ashraful never ceases to generate headlines! No wonder our sports journalists love him so much!

Posted by   on (December 16, 2011, 8:13 GMT)

This article has biased tone for Ashraful, and for this reason, few commentators are criticizing. Please give a look on Statsguro of cricinfo, and submit query for last 2 years Bangladeshi batting performance as follows:;spanmax1=16+Dec+2011;spanmin1=16+Dec+2009;spanval1=span;team=25;template=results;type=batting Based on statistics, he can't be list of top 7-8 batsmen according to his average and total runs. As Asraful is experienced player, selectors want to keep him in squad though he can't perform recent few years. We are shouting he has talent because he can occasionally perform. Bangladesh needs regular consistent performer. I would say to Indians he is not comparable with Shawag.

Posted by Sachit1979 on (December 16, 2011, 6:58 GMT)

Ashraful still has years to play. He needs right temperament, attitude and committment level to perform well at highest level. I wish he would come strong if not soon then later. Between there are so many other youngsters performing well at domestic level Abu Jayed, Al Amin, Kazi Kamrul Islam, Kamrul Islam Rabbi and many batsmen also. Why do they miss the train of national selection??

Posted by   on (December 16, 2011, 5:40 GMT)

Hi I'm Pakistani fan. But I would like to tell to Bangladesh Cricket that let Ashraful to play couple of matches and look at him. Otherwise if you do what you are doing now(I mean changing the players time to time and match to match) you should face some trouble in future.

Thank you!

Posted by   on (December 16, 2011, 5:04 GMT)

This fellow lost his magic touch sometime back. Pity such a talent who score a magnificent 100 against Aussies in England has lost his way.

Posted by banglafan on (December 16, 2011, 2:32 GMT)

Hasib, u cant be serious. There's nothing new with your team ! I think we should revrse the batting order so that the top order doesnt have to face the new ball and score ducks.

Posted by hharish on (December 16, 2011, 1:58 GMT)

ha ha ha. GOod joke M-S-R.. Number of famous victories by Ash.. How many victories. In my recent or distant memories, BD didnt win any matches. First tell me when did they win matches and talk about Ash contribution...

Posted by Meety on (December 16, 2011, 1:13 GMT)

Bangladesh have far better batsmen than Ashraful! He is a wasted talent & will not improve now. Ash. had the best prep of all the Banga batsmen (except Nazzi) & he failed big time!

Posted by   on (December 16, 2011, 0:56 GMT)

that's like the umpteenth they dropped him....when will the learn?

Posted by hasib9 on (December 16, 2011, 0:54 GMT)

This team will also lose to Pakistan, but may be able to at least put up a fight: 1. Tamim, 2. Nazimuddin, 3. Shakib, 4. Mahmudullah, 5. Nafees, 6. Mushfiq, 7. Nasir, 8. Naeem (prefer Kapali or Dhiman), 9. Shuvo, 10. Nazmul, 11. Robiul

Seriously BCB, try this team!!! In that exact order!!!

Posted by CricketChat on (December 16, 2011, 0:29 GMT)

Ash had been riding on promise he showed yrs ago when he came into the team. Nothing he has done in the past several yrs warrants his selection. He has been given umpteen chances by BD selectors. They should move on and invest in upcoming players rather than going back to Ash time and again. Hope this is the last time.

Posted by   on (December 15, 2011, 22:32 GMT)

BD lost miserably. BCB needed to show that they are trying to improve BD cricket. So, someone needed to be booted from the side. Ashraful turned out to be the fall guy.

Posted by   on (December 15, 2011, 22:09 GMT)

Bangladesh Cricket is lacking professionalism. Need some world class professionals in BCB to keep the test status. Need to send the curators abroad on training courses of of to make pitches.

Posted by   on (December 15, 2011, 22:00 GMT)

for bengali bros , please give him a proper series or two this time and assure him for his place at a certain number "no4 or 5" and let him play his natural game without tension of being out ... even then if he doesnt perform , throw him out ..but for the time being , give him some space ... dont be so emotional jus be optimistic , this might work out...dun put the blame of BD's undoing in International Cricket only on him ...its a team game brothers ....

Posted by DesiCricketfan on (December 15, 2011, 21:57 GMT)

Being an Indian, I hate to say this but BD Selection is what causing BD cricket going down. This is ridiculous, One test recall and next test out without any information.. Shame on BD selectors

Posted by SamAsh07 on (December 15, 2011, 21:53 GMT)

Pray tell, how is Ashraful a professional with barely a 23 Avg in Tests and 22 Avg in ODIs??? He is an over-rated player. You want proper talent? Look no further than Nasir Hossain and Nazimuddin, these 2 are born to be professionals on international platforms, they've shown an integrity to last long in Tests.

Ashraful needs to go permenantly.

Posted by M-S-R on (December 15, 2011, 21:30 GMT)

I'm not a big fan of Ashraful, but this is unbelievable way to handle a Cricketer who is architect of a number of famous victories of BD. Shame BCB, Shame!!!

Posted by vamanan on (December 15, 2011, 21:27 GMT)

Ashraful is singled out as a scapegoat for the sins of BD's performance. I neither support BD team nor Ashraful. Agree, he does not perform as match winner and so inconsistent. But whoz that the replacement match winner that BD will sport. Until BD finds a talent that can play international matches, why not Ashraful can be in the team.

Posted by smudgeon on (December 15, 2011, 21:14 GMT)

Why do the selectors persist with picking Ashraful based on a handful of decent domestic performances when he has been consistently showed up at the highest level for the last several years? Madness. Such a shame, he really looked like something special when he was a kid - now he's just a walking wicket.

Posted by   on (December 15, 2011, 20:46 GMT)

He is good or bad but this is humilation , he is professional should not be treated like this.

Posted by bohurupi on (December 15, 2011, 19:56 GMT)

Just curious who's backing Ashraful? He should have been thrown into the garbage can long time ago! Poor Bangladesh!

Posted by Afridynamite on (December 15, 2011, 19:34 GMT)

It is time for Pakistan to experiment the bench strength

Posted by Safran17 on (December 15, 2011, 19:25 GMT)

It is unfortunate for Ashraful not to perform up to the mark, but reading this report I got to know how non professional our board member is!! Players should be confirmed that they are playing so that they can prepare themselves mentally. It is very ridiculous that the coaching staffs had to hear the news of team alternation from the tv channels and news websites.

Posted by   on (December 15, 2011, 19:15 GMT)

stop this insane activities give him a proper chance,these guys are really responsible for his poor show after taking in one test axed from the next one that's totally ridiculous shame on u the selection committee

Posted by Sobat on (December 15, 2011, 18:50 GMT)

This is Banga and this is how they play cricket... So this is why cricket never improve in this part. .... I think Law have made a mistake by coming to Banga in the fist place ... It will only spoil Law and his hard work with this team

Posted by Sam_k14 on (December 15, 2011, 18:21 GMT)

Why is Ashraful dropped? Is he the only reason BD lose match after match? You can not blame Ashraful for BD's woeful cricketing record. He is way more talented than other passengers in the BD team

Posted by   on (December 15, 2011, 18:05 GMT)

About time!How many times more do i have to say it for me to never see his face in international cricket again?

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