West Indies in Bangladesh 2011-12 October 19, 2011

Ashraful must perform to play - Law

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Stuart Law, the Bangladesh coach, has said that dropping Mohammad Ashraful for the two Tests against West Indies was a message that players needed to perform if they wanted to play for the country.

The Test side, Law said, had been "underachieving as a unit" and maybe "it is time for a change." It also provided an opportunity for the players who have come in to the squad "to stick their hand up and stake a claim for a ten-year career."

Bangladesh had been defeated by Zimbabwe on their comeback to Test cricket, after which Shakib Al Hasan was removed as captain and replaced by Mushfiqur Rahim. Their Test squad, named on October 18 after a win in the final ODI in Chittagong, did not include Ashraful and left-arm spinner Abdur Razzak, while allrounder Mahmudullah and fast bowler Shafiul Islam were not fit.

Ashraful's axeing, after a poor ODI series against West Indies, did not mean that he was finished, Law said. "He's a great guy to have around the dressing-room. His work ethic has been outstanding, whether it be gym sessions, training, batting, bowling or fielding, he is always there. You want to see him have success but unfortunately, other things have come in.

"He's not in the Test side but he's not finished. He has his best years ahead of him. He needs to go away and think about ways to score runs. If he does that, I think he'll be successful.

"Sometimes these calls are made not to disregard the player completely but to make sure he understands that if you play in the team, you've got to be performing. That'd be the message to all the players: if you want to be part of the Bangladesh team, you can't do okay. You have to perform."

Of the new players in the squad, Law said that left-arm spinner Elias Sunny had "the chance to stake a claim for a long career."

"I've seen him in the BCB Cup, he has pretty good numbers in first-class cricket. He showed plenty of control and took wickets in the BCB Cup and the four-day game. That's all you need to do as a spinner."

Law said that Robiul Islam had been left out of the squad because Bangladesh were "very unlikely to play three seamers" in the Tests against West Indies. Nazmul Hossain, Rubel Hossain and Shahadat Hossain are the medium-pacers in the squad.

"He [Robiul] misses out but he's very firmly in our plans. He has a big heart and he always keeps trying. That's the sort of bowler we want. There are a couple of issues with his action that we can iron out in the next few weeks. He can bowl a lot quicker and swing more."

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  • on October 20, 2011, 14:57 GMT

    really coach said right.There is no place for the un performer.

  • ZamanEkushay on October 20, 2011, 7:37 GMT

    I really appreciate the decision to keep him out of the XI. Selection would be questionable if he remains in the team. His Test avg. is 23.02 and ODI avg. is 22.0 how come you are expecting some good innings from him. Once he was a good player but now he has a lot of things to do....

  • putush on October 20, 2011, 7:04 GMT

    Hope 4 the best for the B'deshi's in the upcoming test series. we want to see ur best & strong efforts throughout the series.

  • MijanurRahman on October 20, 2011, 5:19 GMT

    Ashraful has blamed the Board president for his exclusion!!!

  • on October 20, 2011, 4:38 GMT

    Best Playing XI: 1. Tamim, 2. Imrul, 3. Shahriar, 4. Mushfiq, 5. Sakib, 6. Shuvogoto, 7. Nasir, 8. Naeem, 9. Elius, 10, Shahadat, 11. Rubel.

  • AusieBangaleeShameem on October 20, 2011, 3:31 GMT

    What a brilliant decision at the end! Ashraful had been very lucky for not being dropped from the national team long before. His dismal batting performance was a burden for the team --- while Junior players are performing much better. I think he should quit cricket and take a career in acting, which he is doing not bad as he currently does with his batting. In fact I'd like to see Ashraful out of the BD dressing room permanently.

  • Meety on October 20, 2011, 0:23 GMT

    Finally! Ashraful is the worst batsmen to score more than 2,000 runs in test cricket. The Bangas have quite a few better players than him. == == == Hopefully the pitch will have more life than the 3rd ODI. Hopefully the test series will be evenly fought.

  • on October 19, 2011, 22:53 GMT

    when ash plays for the team all the players wants something from him he did his best and he will remain best all the cricket experts from the cricket world loves to see his batting style the most talented batsman in the globe. He will come back .

  • EnayetT on October 19, 2011, 22:00 GMT

    Excellent decision by coach to drop Ashraful!! He should be playing in domestic league until he can prove his worth for the national team.

  • on October 19, 2011, 20:50 GMT

    "He needs to go away and think about ways to score runs." Can you put it in any nicer way than that. The whole process should be based on performance, period. The selectors committee should know that all eyes are on them and they will be scrutinized for the decisions they make. Stuart Law's stance on performance is highly commendable. His own reputation is at stake and he is here for sure to perform.

  • on October 20, 2011, 14:57 GMT

    really coach said right.There is no place for the un performer.

  • ZamanEkushay on October 20, 2011, 7:37 GMT

    I really appreciate the decision to keep him out of the XI. Selection would be questionable if he remains in the team. His Test avg. is 23.02 and ODI avg. is 22.0 how come you are expecting some good innings from him. Once he was a good player but now he has a lot of things to do....

  • putush on October 20, 2011, 7:04 GMT

    Hope 4 the best for the B'deshi's in the upcoming test series. we want to see ur best & strong efforts throughout the series.

  • MijanurRahman on October 20, 2011, 5:19 GMT

    Ashraful has blamed the Board president for his exclusion!!!

  • on October 20, 2011, 4:38 GMT

    Best Playing XI: 1. Tamim, 2. Imrul, 3. Shahriar, 4. Mushfiq, 5. Sakib, 6. Shuvogoto, 7. Nasir, 8. Naeem, 9. Elius, 10, Shahadat, 11. Rubel.

  • AusieBangaleeShameem on October 20, 2011, 3:31 GMT

    What a brilliant decision at the end! Ashraful had been very lucky for not being dropped from the national team long before. His dismal batting performance was a burden for the team --- while Junior players are performing much better. I think he should quit cricket and take a career in acting, which he is doing not bad as he currently does with his batting. In fact I'd like to see Ashraful out of the BD dressing room permanently.

  • Meety on October 20, 2011, 0:23 GMT

    Finally! Ashraful is the worst batsmen to score more than 2,000 runs in test cricket. The Bangas have quite a few better players than him. == == == Hopefully the pitch will have more life than the 3rd ODI. Hopefully the test series will be evenly fought.

  • on October 19, 2011, 22:53 GMT

    when ash plays for the team all the players wants something from him he did his best and he will remain best all the cricket experts from the cricket world loves to see his batting style the most talented batsman in the globe. He will come back .

  • EnayetT on October 19, 2011, 22:00 GMT

    Excellent decision by coach to drop Ashraful!! He should be playing in domestic league until he can prove his worth for the national team.

  • on October 19, 2011, 20:50 GMT

    "He needs to go away and think about ways to score runs." Can you put it in any nicer way than that. The whole process should be based on performance, period. The selectors committee should know that all eyes are on them and they will be scrutinized for the decisions they make. Stuart Law's stance on performance is highly commendable. His own reputation is at stake and he is here for sure to perform.

  • on October 19, 2011, 20:42 GMT

    Coach, how about making Ash a specialist spinner that he started out as and shift his focus momentarily then he can be back with a 'fresh' look at his batting?

  • Quddus-Mamu on October 19, 2011, 20:35 GMT

    I will not be surprised if Habibul Bashar selects Ashraful in next series. That's all Ash needs to score a "FIFTY" in domestic league and he will be picked again. Only way, get Ash out from BD squad permanently by retiring from International cricket. I hope Ash will do that for BD supporters.

  • tigers_eye on October 19, 2011, 18:08 GMT

    Dear Coach, For 10+ years several different coaches, admins, iconic past players, well wishers had been trying to send this message to your boy Ash. You are no different. He still plays the silly catch practice to opponents. Still he thinks every ball is either 4 or 6 ball to him. Still he thinks the time in middle is to entertain the spectators - not playing for the team/situation and entertainment means 6, 4 in a lessor extent. Having a bowler's average and occupying the most important position in the line up #3 or #4, just exposes the biased selection process, and ignorance of the team management. Team do not need to adjust for a player. The player needs to adjust for the team. I do not fault Ashraful at all. He does try his best (in his own thinking.) The entire blame falls under the selectors (his buddy buddies), coaches, and team management.

  • on October 19, 2011, 17:21 GMT

    Finally, A Bangladesh coach speaks about team selection! Maybe this cricket board is up to some better things afterall...!!!

  • ishteeliton on October 19, 2011, 17:09 GMT

    I am not sure who actually selects Bangladesh cricket team. But I am confident to say Ashraful is very lucky to have so many supporters. It was a long awaited desire for possibly most of the Bangladeshi fans to see this guy out of the team many years ago. He was good???? when we had no one but now we have many good young players to play for the team. As I understand the cricket, at present ashraful is a black ship in the team. He is disturbing to built cohesion with in the team. AXE Ashraful permanently and see the result of the team. I am sure that team will perform better if ash is away from the dressing room. My request to all who reads this please comment.

  • on October 19, 2011, 16:58 GMT

    good decision by coach

  • Sachit1979 on October 19, 2011, 16:31 GMT

    Sourav Ganguly is god of all the birds who have lost their feathers after touching the sun like Ashraful. He is the men who stood tall again and again whenever world said he was over. I think Ashraful needs some tips from him to work out on his basics and mental strength which is more important to cope with challenges. Regarding Mashrafe, I think he needs to recuperate his knee as well as attitude to make a strong comeback. No doubt that he is best in the department (pace bowling) he works in Bangladesh but again ability without responsibility is a liability that holds true for him also.

  • k4zz on October 19, 2011, 15:52 GMT

    The selectors need to start selecting players for the specific format, Ashraful played good in the last Test match as he was there best batsmen in that game, so should have been in this squad. But understandle for him being dropped as he had enough chances. Why on earth was Kayes selected he has only had one decent innings in Test match and average below a tailender, he is ok for ODI but not Test. I agree with the coach in that Elias Sunny could be a big hit for Bangladesh team, while in Nasir, I feel he will make a big contribution in one way or another.

  • sachin_vvsfan on October 19, 2011, 15:07 GMT

    I first watched him in 2005 and rightly agreed with everyone that he could become the star for BD. SAD to see such talented player loosing it out in international cricket

  • on October 19, 2011, 13:49 GMT

    Ashraful should not have more chances he ruining other player chances to make their place in Bangladesh team after playing 56 match he has a avg of 23 !!!!!!! 4/5 years back he was a start who can score some time but now Bangladesh has more start who score most of the time so why we should stick to a player who cant score ?? he is in the team for 10 years !!! did he showed enough maturity and commitment ??? its good to see Ashraful out of the team

  • on October 19, 2011, 13:27 GMT

    @gagguv: Ya mate! Mortaz is still under recovery i would think. Poor him. As soon as he starts proving his fitness he somehow gets injured again! All the best to him. As per Ashraful. This is one case where there should be an exception! DROP him PERMANENTLY!!

  • on October 19, 2011, 13:20 GMT

    @ gagguv: Mashrafe Mortoza has had surgery, and he will not be fit until December. That is why he is not in the squad.

    I think this is a good assessment. All the other coaches before Law treated Ashraful as a permanent spot in the team. But things weren't clearly working. That is why he needs to be dropped. I believe until Ashraful stitches together a series of performances, he should only be taken in the team on a series by series basis. he has not done well in the ODI series, but he could have been given a spot in the test series based on his Zimbabwe test match performance. any how, its a good decision to drop him, and I agree with the coach.

  • on October 19, 2011, 12:25 GMT

    Mashrafee is still recovering from his last surgery..he might miss this season...also i dnt see him playing test matches any further..Ashraful was the top scorer in BD's last last test against Zimbabwe and he is dropped..selectors r selecting the team according to 20-20,ODI form..i dnt think its right...BD shud hv 3 diff combination for 3 formats like other teams...Too early Test call for Nasir and others..i wodner how many 4 days Matches they hv played in their career!!

  • Agunjhora on October 19, 2011, 12:13 GMT

    @gagguv: Mashrafee Mortaza has been a long term absentee due to his knee surgery, he may will be fit in couple of months time. A huge loss for bangladesh

  • on October 19, 2011, 11:50 GMT

    Good luck Bangladesh Team, good luck ASH. I do hope and believe that you will come back strongly...

  • on October 19, 2011, 11:44 GMT

    i am from d west indies and i love to watch Mohammad Ashraful i think he is one the can go a long way, however if he continues to play like dat its all over. coach i think you got it correct bless. Mohammad Ashraful step up or step out, love watching u bat when u at u best man.

  • gagguv on October 19, 2011, 11:15 GMT

    Can some BD fan tell.. Where is Mortaza?Why he is not playing?? Is he injured or what?

  • on October 19, 2011, 10:57 GMT

    Go ahead coach. Please, do, what ever there is need to be done. You'er appionted there for this job. And we just want to see our cricket team is performing better series after series. All the best wishes Mr. Law!

  • AlanHarrison on October 19, 2011, 10:57 GMT

    Judging by what they have been saying, many Bangladesh fans would only disagree with this in thinking that Ashraful deserved to be dropped some time ago ...

  • on October 19, 2011, 10:52 GMT

    This is a good decision.Let's see how it works.

  • on October 19, 2011, 10:50 GMT

    Team management should axed this ASH permanently. Out of 100 match he manages to score 1 and rest of 99 match his score will be between 0 to 10.

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  • on October 19, 2011, 10:50 GMT

    Team management should axed this ASH permanently. Out of 100 match he manages to score 1 and rest of 99 match his score will be between 0 to 10.

  • on October 19, 2011, 10:52 GMT

    This is a good decision.Let's see how it works.

  • AlanHarrison on October 19, 2011, 10:57 GMT

    Judging by what they have been saying, many Bangladesh fans would only disagree with this in thinking that Ashraful deserved to be dropped some time ago ...

  • on October 19, 2011, 10:57 GMT

    Go ahead coach. Please, do, what ever there is need to be done. You'er appionted there for this job. And we just want to see our cricket team is performing better series after series. All the best wishes Mr. Law!

  • gagguv on October 19, 2011, 11:15 GMT

    Can some BD fan tell.. Where is Mortaza?Why he is not playing?? Is he injured or what?

  • on October 19, 2011, 11:44 GMT

    i am from d west indies and i love to watch Mohammad Ashraful i think he is one the can go a long way, however if he continues to play like dat its all over. coach i think you got it correct bless. Mohammad Ashraful step up or step out, love watching u bat when u at u best man.

  • on October 19, 2011, 11:50 GMT

    Good luck Bangladesh Team, good luck ASH. I do hope and believe that you will come back strongly...

  • Agunjhora on October 19, 2011, 12:13 GMT

    @gagguv: Mashrafee Mortaza has been a long term absentee due to his knee surgery, he may will be fit in couple of months time. A huge loss for bangladesh

  • on October 19, 2011, 12:25 GMT

    Mashrafee is still recovering from his last surgery..he might miss this season...also i dnt see him playing test matches any further..Ashraful was the top scorer in BD's last last test against Zimbabwe and he is dropped..selectors r selecting the team according to 20-20,ODI form..i dnt think its right...BD shud hv 3 diff combination for 3 formats like other teams...Too early Test call for Nasir and others..i wodner how many 4 days Matches they hv played in their career!!

  • on October 19, 2011, 13:20 GMT

    @ gagguv: Mashrafe Mortoza has had surgery, and he will not be fit until December. That is why he is not in the squad.

    I think this is a good assessment. All the other coaches before Law treated Ashraful as a permanent spot in the team. But things weren't clearly working. That is why he needs to be dropped. I believe until Ashraful stitches together a series of performances, he should only be taken in the team on a series by series basis. he has not done well in the ODI series, but he could have been given a spot in the test series based on his Zimbabwe test match performance. any how, its a good decision to drop him, and I agree with the coach.