West Indies in Bangladesh 2011-12 October 20, 2011

Ashraful says he wasn't given a fair chance

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Mohammad Ashraful, who was dropped for the two Tests against West Indies, has said he has not been given a fair chance by the Bangladesh selectors. Ashraful said chief selector Akram Khan had told him that he would sit out the second and third ODIs against West Indies, but would return for the Tests. Ashraful ended up playing the second one-dayer, but was dropped for the third.

"Akrambhai told me ahead of the second ODI that I should sit out the next two and play in the Test," he was quoted as saying in the Daily Star. "I told him that I want to play the remaining games and earn my way into the Test side. How can there be a guarantee in cricket? I wanted to play out the ODI series and take it from there."

Khan, though, said he had not made any promises and whatever he said to Ashraful had simply been encouragement. "I don't know what Ashraful has said but I talk to players all the time and I say a lot of things to encourage them," he said. "These issues get ignored when they do well but not so when things are not right."

Ashraful scored a patient 73 in Bangladesh's last Test, against Zimbabwe in August, but had not scored a half-century in 16 Test innings before that. His form in ODIs has been woeful: his last ODI half-century was in January 2010, since then he has averaged 10.11 in 18 one-day innings with a highest score of 31. He defended that record saying he had not been given an extended run and his form had suffered from being in and out of the side.

"I know I haven't scored a half-century in 18 games," he said. "Players have careers that don't last that long but I have played those matches intermittently, where I would get dropped after one or two matches. I never got a full stretch. Here too [in the ODIs against West Indies] I was going to be dropped after the first game, which has happened often in the past."

Akram Khan also rubbished rumours that Ashraful's exclusion had been due to pressure from higher-ups in the Bangladesh Cricket Board. "This is absolute rubbish," Akram said. "He was omitted only on account of his ordinary performance. If we had acted upon pressure or sentiments from different quarters, then he would not have been in the one-day team.

"We were not getting what was expected from Ashraful. He bats at No. 3 but he wasn't contributing in several ways so we want to go with the other option, Shahriar Nafees."

Bangladesh's coach Stuart Law had reacted to the decision by saying it was a necessary one to send players the message that they needed to perform consistently to be picked, though he said Ashraful's career was not over.

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  • on October 23, 2011, 19:35 GMT

    Ashraful was a fluke, he should have been dropped from Bangladesh team long time ago. It is time to give oppertunity to the younger players.

  • Nayan007 on October 23, 2011, 9:41 GMT

    I haired a Jokes several time that is ~ when the commentators said that Ashraful is the most talented player in the world."

  • on October 23, 2011, 7:44 GMT

    Even in our Zimbabwean national team he would not be accepted .

  • jahid26 on October 23, 2011, 4:35 GMT

    The chances so far given to him was unfare.

  • on October 22, 2011, 9:47 GMT

    @qazi: Afridi almost single-handedly won the semi-final and final of the t20 world cup in england and led a broken pakistani team into a semi-final position in the world cup last year. I doubt his comparison to this guy is fair. And i think its us who have to grow up and look past his batting and listen to the guy when he says "i like to be considered a bowler who can bat". He is taking more wickets than any bowler in the pakistani team but i dont see anyone complainig about ajmal's batting?

  • on October 22, 2011, 4:03 GMT

    10.11 avg in 18 innings ... enough said.

  • hasib9 on October 21, 2011, 23:36 GMT

    ASHRAFUL HAS BEEN GIVEN MORE CHANCES THAN ANY OTHER PLAYERS IN THE WORLD. END OF ARGUMENT.

  • Drew2 on October 21, 2011, 12:54 GMT

    His career Test ave is 23 and first class ave is 28. He's past 50 twice in his last 37 innings. I doubt that he would make any first class side from any test nation outside of Bangladesh and Zimbabwe.

  • on October 21, 2011, 12:18 GMT

    It seems both Ashraful and Afridi refuses to grow up and look for their glory they had in their teenages. At least Afridi has learned to be a match winning bowler and an entertaining fielder, and justified his place in the team. Bangladesh should take a deep breath and say good bye to consistant non performers.

  • AzyS on October 21, 2011, 10:09 GMT

    ha ha ha... jst cant stop laughing... has he lost his marbles... bt he is rite he was consistent... being inconsistent!!!!!

  • on October 23, 2011, 19:35 GMT

    Ashraful was a fluke, he should have been dropped from Bangladesh team long time ago. It is time to give oppertunity to the younger players.

  • Nayan007 on October 23, 2011, 9:41 GMT

    I haired a Jokes several time that is ~ when the commentators said that Ashraful is the most talented player in the world."

  • on October 23, 2011, 7:44 GMT

    Even in our Zimbabwean national team he would not be accepted .

  • jahid26 on October 23, 2011, 4:35 GMT

    The chances so far given to him was unfare.

  • on October 22, 2011, 9:47 GMT

    @qazi: Afridi almost single-handedly won the semi-final and final of the t20 world cup in england and led a broken pakistani team into a semi-final position in the world cup last year. I doubt his comparison to this guy is fair. And i think its us who have to grow up and look past his batting and listen to the guy when he says "i like to be considered a bowler who can bat". He is taking more wickets than any bowler in the pakistani team but i dont see anyone complainig about ajmal's batting?

  • on October 22, 2011, 4:03 GMT

    10.11 avg in 18 innings ... enough said.

  • hasib9 on October 21, 2011, 23:36 GMT

    ASHRAFUL HAS BEEN GIVEN MORE CHANCES THAN ANY OTHER PLAYERS IN THE WORLD. END OF ARGUMENT.

  • Drew2 on October 21, 2011, 12:54 GMT

    His career Test ave is 23 and first class ave is 28. He's past 50 twice in his last 37 innings. I doubt that he would make any first class side from any test nation outside of Bangladesh and Zimbabwe.

  • on October 21, 2011, 12:18 GMT

    It seems both Ashraful and Afridi refuses to grow up and look for their glory they had in their teenages. At least Afridi has learned to be a match winning bowler and an entertaining fielder, and justified his place in the team. Bangladesh should take a deep breath and say good bye to consistant non performers.

  • AzyS on October 21, 2011, 10:09 GMT

    ha ha ha... jst cant stop laughing... has he lost his marbles... bt he is rite he was consistent... being inconsistent!!!!!

  • on October 21, 2011, 8:45 GMT

    Good joke. No modern batsmen have been pampered as Ashraful was. Still he wants chance to prove what?? Nothing to prove. He has lost his magic, that's it period.

  • nahidthebest on October 21, 2011, 5:26 GMT

    just a good for nothing getting chances very unfairly, now this so called talent is telling about fairness! so funny......

  • ROLAYH on October 21, 2011, 4:21 GMT

    hahahaha.....after getting 243 International games with overall average in early 20s he is still aching about not enough chances...what a joke... 56 tests are way too many dude... players like Misbah, Shoaib Akhtar didn't get to play 56 tests mate.... go and do some wonders in First class cricket and don't ever moan about lack of chances... No one in history of cricket (probably) had got so many chances to prove...

  • IAS2009 on October 21, 2011, 1:41 GMT

    dude you lasted 56 test matches with 23.02 average, in other country u might not play first class cricket. he should be banned from even consideration. the way he throw his wicket away at critical point is amazingly consistent.

  • SomeoneStoleMyLungi on October 21, 2011, 1:20 GMT

    Ashraful should come to Australai and play grade cricket for 1 or 2yrs like Mont Panesar is doing. This will let him getting used to pace bowling and build is concidence and then return to bangladesh bigger and better.This is what Bangladesh should do to young talented Bangaldeshi players. And the attend the australian cricket academy and then they will improve which will be good.

  • on October 21, 2011, 0:02 GMT

    Just go home ashraful...just go home bro!!

  • mishu_99 on October 20, 2011, 21:59 GMT

    I think Ash has been given enough chances by thr board.This is comming out of his frustration.Still believe he will win many more matches for the country.Cuz he is a rare natural talented player of BD who rarely delivers.As a fan of BD I would like to tell Ash to be more paitent and mature in his approach.Best of Luck.

  • Exfactor44 on October 20, 2011, 21:55 GMT

    I wouldn't say Ashraful is inconsistent - in the majority of the games I have seen him he has simply looked like he doesn't know how to play - his record card really does enforce this point. He has no technical basis to rely on so how can he ever expect to get in form?

    Both him and Imrul Kayes should have been told long ago they needed to rethink their plans.

  • maddy20 on October 20, 2011, 21:50 GMT

    The guys was given 171 chances in ODIs and 56 in tests. He averages 22 and 23 in them respectively. With emerging players like Tamim Iqbal and Mushfiqur Rahim in the side there is bound to be some belief in the Bangladeshis that they can find more players like Iqbal and Rahim. Considering this scenario he should not get another chance and Bangaldesh should just hunt for talented players more aggressively, starting with strengthening their domestic circuit. T20 leagues can wait. Sai - India

  • SpartaArmy on October 20, 2011, 17:45 GMT

    Dude! do you know there is a site called cricinfo where in you can check the stats of cricket players. Go and type Mohammad Ashraful (your name) and look at the AVG column; then you will know whether your board has given you enough chances or not. How come players like these still play at international level. He dosnt deserve to play for club cricket in his countrhy

  • on October 20, 2011, 17:37 GMT

    Ashraful is very inconsistent in his performance. More inconsistent is team management in selecting and dropping him. I hope, his career is not over. Overexpectation ruined his career!

  • me_rony on October 20, 2011, 17:35 GMT

    And yet he is surprised to be dropped. It only shows that he hasn't matured a bit in last 10 years

  • on October 20, 2011, 16:53 GMT

    He is talking about not getting a fair chance. He is not even good enough to get the "Unfair" chances that he is getting. I don't understand why our selectors select him in the squad. There are many other batsmen in our country who can score the 10-15 runs (that he sometimes score) more consistently than him. They should also get a chance.

  • on October 20, 2011, 16:17 GMT

    ashraful not given a fair chance, the best sarcasm i heard in months :P

  • on October 20, 2011, 16:03 GMT

    Ashraful..... Go take a break..... It's all good

  • RBVN on October 20, 2011, 15:53 GMT

    Not enough chance? If he was playing for any other nation, he would have been out of the team long time back.

  • on October 20, 2011, 15:50 GMT

    After one good knock, ashraful flops for rest 5-6 matches. So, dropping him from test is correct decision! He can better apply for a coaching stuff post!

  • on October 20, 2011, 15:25 GMT

    ashraful was the best batsman in the zimbabwe test, so i can see why hes a little unhappy with it, he looked good there, but hopefully he goes to NCL and makes big scores, earns his spot and comes back a better batsman, even though weve been saying that for years.....

  • ostad on October 20, 2011, 15:24 GMT

    I feel nervous when Ashraful walks in for batting.....with the blink of eye..he is out already.I loose all the hope and it happens every time with a rare exception.It seems to me that tail like Shafiul or Rubel are better batsmen than Ash.Talent is useless if not explored at the time when needed.

  • on October 20, 2011, 15:23 GMT

    Lolzzz.Ashraful got enough chance and he didnt have cricketing brain.Alok is much better cricketer den Ashraful.

  • on October 20, 2011, 14:12 GMT

    I cant believe he is whining abt all dis..he was given soo many chances and didnt do jack n now complaning dt jus shows his selfishness...i think he shd give himself a favor and jus retire frm international cricket..

  • dhakaWarriorzzz on October 20, 2011, 13:57 GMT

    the difference between ashraful and sir bradman is Bradman scored 0 in his last innings and Ashraful can score 0 in his every innings

  • wiseshah on October 20, 2011, 13:19 GMT

    Finally all the commentator here agreed with something. That's unique

  • on October 20, 2011, 13:08 GMT

    Being Indian, I want to say that ashraful is just trying hard but not giving his best which is what is needed. He should go back to basics if he wants to get back in the team. He's got technique but too much pressure on him to perform, he is in a situation where he knows that if he didn't perform he will be out and this is what is affecting his performance. Good luck ashraful be a man and look at jadeja, yuvi & others who made an exceptional comebacks.

  • Sarfin on October 20, 2011, 12:46 GMT

    I heard Ashraful is an avid fan of records and stats. But may be he never go through his own stats. Please someone send him the link of his profile from cricinfo

  • Reggaecricket on October 20, 2011, 12:08 GMT

    He went out with that silly dance in the World Cup!

  • on October 20, 2011, 12:02 GMT

    Hahaha i think he still's flying high on the couple of good knocks he has played in like ten thousand matches.

  • bobagorof on October 20, 2011, 11:58 GMT

    Ashraful needs to take heed of the saying 'grab your opportunity with both hands'. If you're in and out of the side, it means that you're not performing well enough to hold down a spot. In that case you need to make yourself undroppable by scoring a mountain of runs. Ashraful has been around long enough to know this - and yet all he's shown is inconsistancy. I welcomed his 73 in his last Test, but unfortunately it's a rare bloom in a desert of low scores.

  • on October 20, 2011, 11:26 GMT

    how many chances he wants ! what is the definition of fairness to him! how many people in world cricket are as lucky as him to get continues chances despite hundreds of failures! he should now stop playing cricket.

  • kantipur on October 20, 2011, 11:19 GMT

    Played 56 tests averages 23 . With that sort of record for a specialist batsman you should consider yourself lucky to play even ten tests.

  • Praxis on October 20, 2011, 11:11 GMT

    He thinks that he wasn't given a fair chance? Biggest joke of this year. He needs to wake up & realize that almost everyone is happy that he has been dropped.

  • on October 20, 2011, 10:44 GMT

    I think,Ashraful has a problem in his ethics and mentality.He does not know why he is out of the team.He is searching logic which supports him.But his attitude is worsening his career in fact.When a person think,ohh I was unable to perform,its ok,I am out,but I shall keep on trying,then he will get fuel to work hard and become strong mentally.But when a person think,ohh,some people are always cruel on me,he will become fraustrated,that will endanger his career.That why,he is now in this situation.ODI and TEST avg is going down gradually.

  • Navid_Hossain on October 20, 2011, 10:40 GMT

    Well Mr. Ashraful how many chances do you need? 10000 ?

  • Meety on October 20, 2011, 10:37 GMT

    OMG! I can't believe the headline! Then I read the article, he means it! Sorry Ash, you WERE talented, but Banga have plaenty of talent, just retire mate!

  • realist1 on October 20, 2011, 10:29 GMT

    How many chances does he need. Over the last 10 Years he's been given numerous chances but he failed miserably. Not he is dropped fair and square he is blaming every one but himself. He is a selfish little guy who Doesn't care about Bangldesh cricket. He should be banned!!!

  • on October 20, 2011, 10:15 GMT

    Perhaps he should take a leaf out of Paul Collingwood's book, when he went and played grade cricket in Australia. He went on to forge a pretty decent career after that. It's true that Ashraful hasn't fulfilled his potential, but it's pretty obvious that he does in fact have potential. He can play all the shots, but his discretion in playing those shots needs a massive improvement. Grade cricket would be a good place to start.

  • on October 20, 2011, 9:38 GMT

    Bangladesh Do not need any consistent awful player like him.I admit he played some brilliant knocks in some crucial matches; but his consistent worse performance should allow other potential good cricketer to get chance in the squad.And his comment of not getting fair chance is dreadful as his performance!

  • on October 20, 2011, 9:36 GMT

    The amount of matches you have played in your career, you have managed to do so because you are playing for Bangladesh...you can not even get chance to play for any IPL Team...they will make you sit in their bench...Pray to God that we, Bangladeshi, at least know your name and respect you for what you did...but do not say, you have not been given FAIR chances..what do u want us to do??? Let you play 100 matches before you score another 100!!! Thanks...we have 1000s of players as that caliber...

  • on October 20, 2011, 9:30 GMT

    he is a wonderful player, needs to go back to his basics

  • on October 20, 2011, 9:11 GMT

    I'm a low class cricketer but I know wht is cricket... ashraful is a batting legend in bd... we forgot his performance with aust, eng, RSA. india etc.... he always play with pressure, he always think if he plays bad he'll be dropped... how he'll play with ths kind pressure.... BCB should give a chance to him with no pressure....

  • on October 20, 2011, 9:06 GMT

    i want to say that he deserved another chance but i just cant......we dont mind him not getting runs but its the way that he gets out in which raises eyebrows....ultimately i think he should have been in the first test based on his performance in the last test vs ZIM.....you cant include a player in the test team because he's a awesome t20 player( David Warner) similarly you should not exclude someone from the test team due to his odi performance....players like laxman,samaraweera have played good test cricket and not so good ODI cricket( IN NO WAY AM I COMPARING ASHRAFUL WITH THE ABOVE PLAYERS)

  • Haleos on October 20, 2011, 9:03 GMT

    what is this guy moaning about. 56 Tests and 171 ODIs on he has not been able to show character. Just throws is wicket away like our dear Boom Boom Afridi. No maturity even after playing over a decade.

  • on October 20, 2011, 9:01 GMT

    what a pathetic story this underperformer is going through...he is not even good enough to play for our B team.

  • stFleming on October 20, 2011, 8:56 GMT

    Ashraful is a crap batsman...He should retire now even at such a young age...His batting form has worsened and he can never learn how to bat for longer periods...His class and form has been destroyed totally...He should now retire and start playing cricket with his kids...

    He was given enough chances but he never grabbed the opportunity...Now he should never ever be given a single chance!!

  • on October 20, 2011, 8:29 GMT

    feel sad for ashraful but he should not be naive to rely on akram khan. it seems like a teacher - kindergarten story that no one would buy. "Ordinary" performances can never be tolerated....ask tamim

  • smudgeon on October 20, 2011, 8:20 GMT

    I'm sorry, but Ashraful has long been coasting on his early success, and hasn't really been deserving of his spot for years. The only consistency Ashraful has shown is getting caught in the slips flailing at a wide ball in his 20s. If he can somehow curb this tendency, he still has potential, however he really has developed some bad habits. He shouldn't expect that he can be guaranteed a spot if he doesn't have the runs to back it up, and his attitude is sorely lacking. It's a shame, because he's squandering what should have been a sparkling career.

  • on October 20, 2011, 8:17 GMT

    arshraful is verygood player in bangladesh cricket team, he also perform well, when he played his last test match vs zim, he made 71+40, nobody did that. and come to ODI- SOME times he played in 6- 7- and 1 down his last odi match, he sholud fix which number he sholud bat, now come to this odi series, ash was fall 2 ODI MATCH, AND TAMIM AND IMRUL ALSO FAIL 3ODI, THEN THEY SHOLUD BE DROPED ALL 3, WHY ONLY ASH, TAMIM THINK ABOUT BA LAST TEST MATCH, WAHT HAPPEND WHO DID WHT, ashraful wil come back soon, he wil make runs in domestic cricket. and he wil be in bd team again,he wil preform then he wil show fingers to selector, dont forget, ash give big win to bd.........lol now come to fastclass cricket... only ash made 15 century more 50s. no other bangladesh play did in bd history.. evryone made 1- 2 then they select to bd cricket team....... ash has more record then evryone in bd team. all the best ash, i know u wil be back in bd cricket

  • on October 20, 2011, 8:08 GMT

    he has been given a tons of chances but the fact is ashraful failled to grab those

  • on October 20, 2011, 8:05 GMT

    If ashraful got a fair chance he would have been dropped after 2011 WC and never oicked again because he can play a good innings at times but in between he can hardly get a run, u dont need someone like that in the team, and to think that he has averaged 10 in last 18 games and to think he still thinks he deserves a spot is crazy, he has no idea about cricket

  • terry_2k6 on October 20, 2011, 7:46 GMT

    How many more chances would you like?? You want to play, you have to perform, you haven't performed for the best part of 2 years, yet are still in the squad, I think that's a pretty fair chance.

  • on October 20, 2011, 7:35 GMT

    Its fun to see his comments.. he never performed when chances were given.. there is no doubt he has got talent.. but Mushfiqur is half talented compared to ashraful.. But he performs consistently.. Thats why Ashraful is dropped and Mushfiqur is made captain..

  • on October 20, 2011, 7:21 GMT

    I think Akram Khan did the right thing. Ashraful has been given way too many chances to show his potential, but he failed over and over again. His recent performance is not good enough to earn him a place in the test squad. The way he got out in the last two ODIs was just awful.

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  • on October 20, 2011, 7:21 GMT

    I think Akram Khan did the right thing. Ashraful has been given way too many chances to show his potential, but he failed over and over again. His recent performance is not good enough to earn him a place in the test squad. The way he got out in the last two ODIs was just awful.

  • on October 20, 2011, 7:35 GMT

    Its fun to see his comments.. he never performed when chances were given.. there is no doubt he has got talent.. but Mushfiqur is half talented compared to ashraful.. But he performs consistently.. Thats why Ashraful is dropped and Mushfiqur is made captain..

  • terry_2k6 on October 20, 2011, 7:46 GMT

    How many more chances would you like?? You want to play, you have to perform, you haven't performed for the best part of 2 years, yet are still in the squad, I think that's a pretty fair chance.

  • on October 20, 2011, 8:05 GMT

    If ashraful got a fair chance he would have been dropped after 2011 WC and never oicked again because he can play a good innings at times but in between he can hardly get a run, u dont need someone like that in the team, and to think that he has averaged 10 in last 18 games and to think he still thinks he deserves a spot is crazy, he has no idea about cricket

  • on October 20, 2011, 8:08 GMT

    he has been given a tons of chances but the fact is ashraful failled to grab those

  • on October 20, 2011, 8:17 GMT

    arshraful is verygood player in bangladesh cricket team, he also perform well, when he played his last test match vs zim, he made 71+40, nobody did that. and come to ODI- SOME times he played in 6- 7- and 1 down his last odi match, he sholud fix which number he sholud bat, now come to this odi series, ash was fall 2 ODI MATCH, AND TAMIM AND IMRUL ALSO FAIL 3ODI, THEN THEY SHOLUD BE DROPED ALL 3, WHY ONLY ASH, TAMIM THINK ABOUT BA LAST TEST MATCH, WAHT HAPPEND WHO DID WHT, ashraful wil come back soon, he wil make runs in domestic cricket. and he wil be in bd team again,he wil preform then he wil show fingers to selector, dont forget, ash give big win to bd.........lol now come to fastclass cricket... only ash made 15 century more 50s. no other bangladesh play did in bd history.. evryone made 1- 2 then they select to bd cricket team....... ash has more record then evryone in bd team. all the best ash, i know u wil be back in bd cricket

  • smudgeon on October 20, 2011, 8:20 GMT

    I'm sorry, but Ashraful has long been coasting on his early success, and hasn't really been deserving of his spot for years. The only consistency Ashraful has shown is getting caught in the slips flailing at a wide ball in his 20s. If he can somehow curb this tendency, he still has potential, however he really has developed some bad habits. He shouldn't expect that he can be guaranteed a spot if he doesn't have the runs to back it up, and his attitude is sorely lacking. It's a shame, because he's squandering what should have been a sparkling career.

  • on October 20, 2011, 8:29 GMT

    feel sad for ashraful but he should not be naive to rely on akram khan. it seems like a teacher - kindergarten story that no one would buy. "Ordinary" performances can never be tolerated....ask tamim

  • stFleming on October 20, 2011, 8:56 GMT

    Ashraful is a crap batsman...He should retire now even at such a young age...His batting form has worsened and he can never learn how to bat for longer periods...His class and form has been destroyed totally...He should now retire and start playing cricket with his kids...

    He was given enough chances but he never grabbed the opportunity...Now he should never ever be given a single chance!!

  • on October 20, 2011, 9:01 GMT

    what a pathetic story this underperformer is going through...he is not even good enough to play for our B team.