Bangladesh news November 1, 2010

Ashraful handed top-level central contract

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Mohammad Ashraful has been awarded a top-level central contract despite not playing in Bangladesh's recent historic 4-0 one-day series victory against New Zealand. He is one of six players handed an A+ deal with the board and is among 16 contracts handed out across four levels along with two rookie players.

Ashraful has been in and out of the Bangladesh squad throughout the year, which began with him missing the home series against England in March before being recalled for the return contest during May and June where he played both Tests at Lord's at Old Trafford. Following a poor Asia Cup in Sri Lanka he was then dumped again only to be recalled as injury cover during the one-dayers in England.

However, patience again ran out for the visit of New Zealand last month where Bangladesh secured their first series victory against major opposition but Ashraful, who averages a disappointing 23.45 after 163 ODIs, is clearly still close to the selectors' thoughts with four months to go until the World Cup.

The other players handed top contracts are unsurprising with Tamim Iqbal, who missed the New Zealand series with a wrist injury, named alongside captain Mashrafe Mortaza, Shakib Al Hasan, Abdur Razzaq and Mushfiqur Rahim.

The A-band of deals on the level below include Junaid Siddique, who has been a solid presence at No. 3 during the year after hitting his maiden Test century against England in Chittagong, along with allrounder Mahmudullah and fast bowler Shahadat Hossain.

Raqibul Hasan, the middle-order batsman, who angrily announced his retirement during England's tour to Bangladesh after being omitted from the squad before reversing his decision, has been given a C-grade contract. Enamul Haque, the left-arm spinner, and middle-order batsman Mehrab Hossain were the two players not to have their contracts renewed from the previous batch.

Bangladesh's next assignment will be hosting Zimbabwe for a one-day series some time before Christmas and that is another contest they will be expected to win following the impressive displays against New Zealand.

Grade A+ Masrafe Bin Mortaza, Shakib Al Hasan, Mohammad Ashraful, Abdur Razzak, Mushfiqur Rahim, Tamim Iqbal

Grade A Shahadat Hossain, Junaid Siddique, Mahmudullah

Grade B Syed Rasel, Raqibul Hasan, Nazmul Hossain, Naeem Islam, Imrul Kayes, Rubel Hossain

Grade C Shafiul Islam

Rookie Grade Jahurul Islam, Mohammad Sohrawordi

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  • POSTED BY on | November 6, 2010, 22:11 GMT

    Where the hell is Shariar Nafees?

  • POSTED BY Third_Gear on | November 4, 2010, 12:41 GMT

    Yuvraj is a toothloess tiger Ashraful so. S Tendulkar is selfish enough G Sobers No. Compare with anyone but indian players no no no.

  • POSTED BY on | November 4, 2010, 12:34 GMT

    @ Bang_La

    I just did. Here are his stats outside of India in the top 8 test playing nations:

    in Australia - 59.50 average in 7 matches with 2 100s and a top score of 195 in England - 39.50 average in 4 matches with 1 100 in New Zealand - 20.00 average in 5 matches with no 100s in Pakistan - 91.50 average in 6 matches with 2 100s and a top score of 309 in South Africa - 26.44 average in 5 matches with 1 100 in Sri Lanka - 69.20 average in 6 matches with 3 100s and a top score of 201* in West Indies - 51 average in 4 matches with 1 100

    His overall away average is 51.88 in 37 matches with 10 centuries (excluding games against Bangladesh and Zimbabwe) while his overall away average outside of the sub-continental (only Aus, Eng, SAF, NZ & WI) is 41.00 in 25 matches with 5 centuries.

    So what is comical in any of the above stats? The best batsman you've ever had who is Tamim Iqbal has an overall average of 40.13 and Sehwag averages more than that out of the sub-continent alone. Too bad :)

  • POSTED BY on | November 4, 2010, 9:28 GMT

    @ lle_stephenois - What would you guys come up with next? Comparing the careers of Yuvraj and Ashraful dude are you serious? The only similarity is that both have an ODI century against Australia. That's like saying both Ajit Agarkar and Don Bradman have a test century at England! In a few days you'd start comparing Sakib with Sobers and Tamim with Tendulkar!

  • POSTED BY on | November 4, 2010, 6:20 GMT

    hi i like Bangladesh cricket.................

  • POSTED BY on | November 3, 2010, 22:50 GMT

    what i can say? i am totally disgusted to see internal politics inside Bangladesh cricket board and give ashh--rafull enough opportunity. what ever Bangladesh achieved so far it is for player like sakib, tamim. sakib great captaincy.player should realize the passion and hard working to get a chance for playing Bangladesh. but for ashraful it is like picnic to get chance. selectors totally are spoiling him to give him more and more chance. God bless Bangladesh and Bangle cricket team.

  • POSTED BY Bang_La on | November 2, 2010, 18:22 GMT

    @TimmyF_23, if there is anything comical that is India's heroboy Shewagh. Watch his batting outside Indian dead pitch and see how his face goes pale and his eyes try to pop off the sockets just facing fast balls and bouncers :) Only because to creat a poster boy for teh consumers' billboards, he is blown up to a mammoth :)

  • POSTED BY Robin_BD on | November 2, 2010, 12:49 GMT

    Very funny grading! Ashrafool deserves B and C grade.Truly speaking i used to be a big fan of him but i am tired of him.

  • POSTED BY Bang_La on | November 2, 2010, 11:27 GMT

    Bangladesh offcials are genius at least in one area of their work, to devise a formula to justify an action. Same happened here to substantiate Ashraful's contract. A so called cricketer who is not only an underachiever but also a shocker for the whole cricket world is the blue-eyed boy of BCB president who wants Ashraful in the main team and also to lead the team. As Sakib protested his nonsense in open public, BCB president wants Sakib to go. Unfortunately for him, Sakib is very much in the team with his performance.

  • POSTED BY swat1999 on | November 2, 2010, 10:59 GMT

    Ashraful is the wrong sekection by al means.... He was given enough opportunity to perform but failed....

  • POSTED BY on | November 6, 2010, 22:11 GMT

    Where the hell is Shariar Nafees?

  • POSTED BY Third_Gear on | November 4, 2010, 12:41 GMT

    Yuvraj is a toothloess tiger Ashraful so. S Tendulkar is selfish enough G Sobers No. Compare with anyone but indian players no no no.

  • POSTED BY on | November 4, 2010, 12:34 GMT

    @ Bang_La

    I just did. Here are his stats outside of India in the top 8 test playing nations:

    in Australia - 59.50 average in 7 matches with 2 100s and a top score of 195 in England - 39.50 average in 4 matches with 1 100 in New Zealand - 20.00 average in 5 matches with no 100s in Pakistan - 91.50 average in 6 matches with 2 100s and a top score of 309 in South Africa - 26.44 average in 5 matches with 1 100 in Sri Lanka - 69.20 average in 6 matches with 3 100s and a top score of 201* in West Indies - 51 average in 4 matches with 1 100

    His overall away average is 51.88 in 37 matches with 10 centuries (excluding games against Bangladesh and Zimbabwe) while his overall away average outside of the sub-continental (only Aus, Eng, SAF, NZ & WI) is 41.00 in 25 matches with 5 centuries.

    So what is comical in any of the above stats? The best batsman you've ever had who is Tamim Iqbal has an overall average of 40.13 and Sehwag averages more than that out of the sub-continent alone. Too bad :)

  • POSTED BY on | November 4, 2010, 9:28 GMT

    @ lle_stephenois - What would you guys come up with next? Comparing the careers of Yuvraj and Ashraful dude are you serious? The only similarity is that both have an ODI century against Australia. That's like saying both Ajit Agarkar and Don Bradman have a test century at England! In a few days you'd start comparing Sakib with Sobers and Tamim with Tendulkar!

  • POSTED BY on | November 4, 2010, 6:20 GMT

    hi i like Bangladesh cricket.................

  • POSTED BY on | November 3, 2010, 22:50 GMT

    what i can say? i am totally disgusted to see internal politics inside Bangladesh cricket board and give ashh--rafull enough opportunity. what ever Bangladesh achieved so far it is for player like sakib, tamim. sakib great captaincy.player should realize the passion and hard working to get a chance for playing Bangladesh. but for ashraful it is like picnic to get chance. selectors totally are spoiling him to give him more and more chance. God bless Bangladesh and Bangle cricket team.

  • POSTED BY Bang_La on | November 2, 2010, 18:22 GMT

    @TimmyF_23, if there is anything comical that is India's heroboy Shewagh. Watch his batting outside Indian dead pitch and see how his face goes pale and his eyes try to pop off the sockets just facing fast balls and bouncers :) Only because to creat a poster boy for teh consumers' billboards, he is blown up to a mammoth :)

  • POSTED BY Robin_BD on | November 2, 2010, 12:49 GMT

    Very funny grading! Ashrafool deserves B and C grade.Truly speaking i used to be a big fan of him but i am tired of him.

  • POSTED BY Bang_La on | November 2, 2010, 11:27 GMT

    Bangladesh offcials are genius at least in one area of their work, to devise a formula to justify an action. Same happened here to substantiate Ashraful's contract. A so called cricketer who is not only an underachiever but also a shocker for the whole cricket world is the blue-eyed boy of BCB president who wants Ashraful in the main team and also to lead the team. As Sakib protested his nonsense in open public, BCB president wants Sakib to go. Unfortunately for him, Sakib is very much in the team with his performance.

  • POSTED BY swat1999 on | November 2, 2010, 10:59 GMT

    Ashraful is the wrong sekection by al means.... He was given enough opportunity to perform but failed....

  • POSTED BY Third_Gear on | November 2, 2010, 9:24 GMT

    Well I think selectors r not that wrong. Ashraful derserves to get another chance rather than throwing him away,for the sake of his god gifted talent which he never been able to fully use,he might get some sympathy by considering his contribution in most of the wins against major teams. Also WC is a kind of tournament where we need senior players like him,as he is a real destroyer on his own day n all cricket fanz enjoy it. J siddons should allow to bat him in his style. Still it seems WC going to be the last hope for ASH n that will be fair enough if he click remain with the team if not than curtailed. SHAFIUL definately deserve at least B n A+ A B Rookie,well enough to justify the classes no need to have a C grade at all.

  • POSTED BY ishteeliton on | November 2, 2010, 8:24 GMT

    Rubel and Shafiul deserves better ranking in the contract Grade.

  • POSTED BY on | November 2, 2010, 7:55 GMT

    we really need ash to in bd teams. let him play countinew in team, he is gr8 player ever in bd. and plz let him play in one down, not to bat him number 4 5 6 7.. bd bord always change him whyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy

  • POSTED BY on | November 2, 2010, 7:42 GMT

    Based on this, the most likely line-up we will see is:

    1. Tamin (A+), 2. Kayes/Raqibul (B), 3. Siddique (A), 4. Ashraful (A+), 5. Shakib (A+), 6. Rahim (A+), 7. Mahmudullah (A), 8. Mashrafe (A+), 9. Shadahat (A), 10. Razzak (A+), 11. Rasel/Nazmul/Rubel (B)

    12th man: Naeem Islam

    I do actually like this team, but they need a seam-bowling allrounder to complete their balance. What happened to Farhad Reza?

  • POSTED BY satzcrazy1 on | November 2, 2010, 6:30 GMT

    @le_stephenois, Mate u r comparing Ashraful & Imran Nazir with Yuvraj?.. What u know abt yuvraj?.. Since Ganguly, Yuvraj is the best left handed batsman for India. He bowls and Yuvi has very good record against quality bowling attack.. The only problem with yuvi has to much divertions, other than that he is a class act. He is dangerous than sehwag when is in flow.. Cum on Yuvi.. we know what u r capable of.. and show de same to the world too..

  • POSTED BY shojeeb80 on | November 2, 2010, 6:11 GMT

    what sort of nonsense is this "bangladesh still needs a failure like Ashraful. because in that position still we don't have any!!!" ... i would rather give 3 youngsters some rookie contracts and keep them in the game ... what sort of message is that for young cricketers in the country

  • POSTED BY shojeeb80 on | November 2, 2010, 6:04 GMT

    How can Imrul Kayes be in group C while Shahadat Hossain, Junaid Siddique and Mohammad Ashraful is ahead of him. Surely we dont trait the improving performances in the recent pasts to these 3. Imrul's game plan and determination that he shows every game is what should be rewarding..

  • POSTED BY TimmyF_23 on | November 2, 2010, 5:49 GMT

    The fact the he "remains in the frame" for world cup selections proves what a joke Bangladesh cricket is and provides insight into why they are the easy beats of world cricket... still, the fact they beat NZ in a couple of 'nothing games' doesnt prove anything. The fact is NZ werent well prepared, they rested players and werent motivated for the series against the minnows. Ashraful is one of the most talented cricketers in WORLD cricket and its just plain stupidity, he is not being developed in the national team. Wake up to yourselves Bangladesh.

  • POSTED BY bharath74 on | November 2, 2010, 5:18 GMT

    le_stephenois: I cant believe that u r comparing Ashraful to Yuvraj, Check the stats before u start comparing Glorious career of Yuvraj to Overrated and under achieved career of Ashraful despite being a brilliant cricketer BD has ever produced.

  • POSTED BY bharath74 on | November 2, 2010, 5:11 GMT

    Rubel Hossain should have got a better contract, he is a very good bowler. Wonder y Junaid got A contract

  • POSTED BY on | November 2, 2010, 5:02 GMT

    And for those who are complaining about grading, know first how it works. Its totally based on number of matches played. 1 point per ODI and 2 points per Test match played.

  • POSTED BY on | November 2, 2010, 4:59 GMT

    I know lots of people don't like Ashraful, i was disappointed many times too.But i think he still has use for the team. No doubt he has talent but yes he was inconsistent. So far his domestic form gives hope. I hope he continue his domestic form and consistency. I guess most of you think we beat New Zealand 4-0 without him, we can do well in future too. But i'm not happy with the batting. Apart from Shakib there's probly one big innings from Nafees in the series and many of those scores should have been 260 plus. It was the bowlers who won that series for us. The fact is only Shakib, Tamim and Nafees is capable of scoring at quick rate in the current team. the others cant score quickly and we saw it in several occasions, cant even take singles frequently. Ashraful is natural in there along with Shakib, Tamim, Aftab - they can take singles at will. And dont forget until recent time most of our wins have good contribution from Ashraful. And we will need someone like him to win regularly

  • POSTED BY on | November 2, 2010, 4:57 GMT

    Ridiculous. In no way does Ashra-fool deserves this,

  • POSTED BY Nafis on | November 2, 2010, 4:56 GMT

    Just making it clear to all of you......... The grades have been decided with points.Players got 1 point for an ODI and 2 points for a Test Match. And based on the total matches played the grades are divided.

  • POSTED BY Meety on | November 2, 2010, 4:45 GMT

    Either way the Board goes, I hope that the Bangars show more improvement @ the WC. My big fear is that the win against NZ was a case of 2 steps forward & the WC will be 1 step back, which has often been the Banga way. I think Shakib needs an A+++ contract, he could end up being the greatest allrounder ever if he continues to learn & apply himself. Real promising signs for the Bangars.

  • POSTED BY Ovy_obni on | November 2, 2010, 4:43 GMT

    I honestly thought the only place where there would be no corruption in BD was BCB. I guess I was a fool. How can you not include Nafees Iqbal who is a match winner once he gets going. Maybe Ashraful was a talented player, but seeing him bat with a brain freeze in the last years makes me wanna cry. It takes 20 balls to get in in one-dayers, and once he gets in, he gets out the next ball. If I were him, I would retire to save the team and from further humiliation. The worst part is that he gets more aggressive in test matches, he should seek psychological help. I think BCB should include Jahrul Islam. He is a far better batsman than Junaed and Riyadh and he can bowl tightly and possess impressive fielding skills. I truly believe Shafiul, who learns things quickly, is the best bowler for Bangladesh. Looking at the NZ series, Rubel is the next best bowler in the Bangladesh lineup. Injury prone Mashrafe was the best front line bowler, but not anymore. He hardly has ..can't write more..

  • POSTED BY Meety on | November 2, 2010, 4:40 GMT

    @Iftekharul_Hasan_Siam - agreed, who is Ashraful's mate on the Board? @Sabbir - Ashraful may good, he is still young, but there are plenty of cricketers deserving more of a go than him, Kayes & Siddique & J Islam spring to mind. I'd rather see Rajin Saleh back in the team before Ashraful, he needs a year in first class cricket & score 3 or 4 centuries before he gets reselected. @atique27 - the problem with Banga batting over the years is that in ODIs they don'y bat out the 50 overs. It is better to bat 50 overs at 4 runs per over than bat for 30 overs @ 6 runs per over. Kayes & Siddique are needed to allow the likes of Tamim & Nafees to flay the bowling with freedom. Raqibul has good better attitude & results will come for him whereas Ashraful has gone backwards every year for 5 years. Nafees is very unlucky, I think he is paying the price still for his ICL venture. @Tito Ditto - mate, Junaid has improved big time in Tests & ODIs & values his wicket.

  • POSTED BY Donald27 on | November 2, 2010, 4:37 GMT

    Some decisions have been based on lobbying (Biasim & favoritism very common). There is no doubt that Ashraful been playing bad and he needs to be punished. Not making Ashraful play in some series, does not get the message accross to him because he still gets his good salary sitting at home. Only by downgrading their contracts will some of the players understand that they need to perform well through out the year to get better contracts next year. Cricket is not a one man show, the whole team needs to perfom, Sakib & Tamim cannot always win the games, senior players need to step up. The reason why Bangladesh performed well against New Zealand is their hard work training paid off & the team performed well together. For the first time finaly they are learning that just by playing few matches in domestic and training few a hours a day is not enough. They need to train like other teams Australia, Sri Lanka, South Africa who train 40 hrs a week just like other jobs working hrs.

  • POSTED BY on | November 2, 2010, 4:34 GMT

    thumbs up tito ditto!!!!!!!!!!

  • POSTED BY on | November 2, 2010, 4:23 GMT

    wat about nafees. i like his game play

  • POSTED BY on | November 2, 2010, 4:22 GMT

    I am surprised not to see Shahriar Nafees on the list despite playing in the historic series against NZ and making decent contribution.

  • POSTED BY on | November 2, 2010, 3:51 GMT

    This grading has been created based on experience. I think its all right

  • POSTED BY on | November 2, 2010, 3:44 GMT

    Ashraful scored 2 around 60s and 1 40+ in this national league and he elected for A+ contract!!!! Max he should get a C 0r B. And how come Shafiul got C grade. He deserves more than that. B grade would be perfect for him.

  • POSTED BY Dewan_Jaglul on | November 2, 2010, 3:05 GMT

    Can Ashraful learn to occupy the crease for longer duration? Runs will follow once he develops the temeperament that has eluded him for so long. He surely can use some training to improve his temperament. Or else, his brilliance cannot be anything more than flashes here and there. He has a lot of potentials still. But he has to take clue from other great batsme. He can look at the freat knocks of Tamim and/or Shakib and learn to apply himself for a way better delivery to justify this selection. He can also make a fool of himself that he is so adept in most of the time. But if so, let him not be selected ever.

  • POSTED BY Advance-Australia-Fair on | November 2, 2010, 3:04 GMT

    The article text and contract list have Raqibul on a different contract letter - article says C-grade contract, list at bottom says B-grade.

  • POSTED BY on | November 1, 2010, 23:37 GMT

    Now Ashraful has to show better performance in the upcomming series

  • POSTED BY dulabhai on | November 1, 2010, 21:49 GMT

    Recipe for disaster = Hand Ashraful an A+ contract and include him in Bangladesh team

    Dear BCB, when will you learn?

  • POSTED BY on | November 1, 2010, 20:49 GMT

    Three players who, I think, can never win a match for Bangladesh are Junaid, Raqibul, and (now) Mushfiq. The thing is about Ashraful is he became famous really too soon and expectation on him became so high that he hardly bear them all. On the other hand, Junaid, who scores once in a blue moon, still gets a chance all the time because no one even realize he occupies this spot and making no runs for the team. No one notices because he is not that talk of the point. Raqibul and Mushfiq can score some runs once in a while but I am sure that wont come to any point where the team could win the match. Players who can beat any team for me would be, Tamim, Shakib (must be the captain), Ashraful (even though he is not consistent), Mashrafee (if he can play), Alok (if he gets a chance), Nafees (needs to work hard) and the combination of the power of RUbel and Shafiul.

  • POSTED BY on | November 1, 2010, 20:46 GMT

    Three players who, I think, can never win a match for Bangladesh are Junaid, Raqibul, and (now) Mushfiq. The thing is about Ashraful is he became famous really too soon and expectation on him became so high that he hardly bear them all. On the other hand, Junaid, who scores once in a blue moon, still gets a chance all the time because no one even realize he occupies this spot and making no runs for the team. No one notices because he is not that talk of the point. Raqibul and Mushfiq can score some runs once in a while but I am sure that wont come to any point where the team could win the match. Players who can beat any team for me would be, Tamim, Shakib (must be the captain), Ashraful (even though he is not consistent), Mashrafee (if he can play), Alok (if he gets a chance), Nafees (needs to work hard) and the combination of the power of RUbel and Shafiul.

  • POSTED BY on | November 1, 2010, 20:42 GMT

    right, he is a brainless cricketer

  • POSTED BY atique27 on | November 1, 2010, 20:36 GMT

    Aftab ahmed & Alok kapali?? Those who unable to perform in even national league, some of u expect them to perform in world cup? Daydream!! Forget ICL 2008. But both of them r talented & hope they will perform in home league to secure their place in future.

  • POSTED BY sarmin80 on | November 1, 2010, 20:29 GMT

    I think that Ashraful will be get Grade B- OR C, and Shaiful will be get grade B+ OR A-

  • POSTED BY Philly.rocks on | November 1, 2010, 20:22 GMT

    Its quite funny to award Ashraful with Grade A+ contract. I would call its the joke of century and shameless wastage of money. He cant find a place in the playing XI but still gets top paying contract. wow BCB wow!! How on earth they did not include Nafees and Alok Kapali, only God knows the answer. I see one connection while deciding central contract: Players from ICL are being neglected!!

  • POSTED BY on | November 1, 2010, 19:29 GMT

    what an waste of money!!!..Holy crap and Nafees dont even got a contract?

  • POSTED BY atique27 on | November 1, 2010, 19:17 GMT

    We will need ashraful to beat big teams in a big event like world cup.He is a good fielder & a useful bowler as well. Don't forget his quite a few match winning innings.His problem is inconsistency, otherwise he is still one of the best in the country.Hope he will fire during world cup. Don't expect to score or chase down more than 250 with raqibul like batsman.Except shakib no other batsman was in form or scored regularly against New zealand. We have to play to win match not save face & play out 50 overs. We will need batsman with strike rate more than 80. Or else u r loosing anyway.Thanks to board to give him confidence.

  • POSTED BY mmorshed2k on | November 1, 2010, 19:17 GMT

    I'm curious who in BCB is still rooting for Ashraful. He always manages to be on the team by some miracle!

  • POSTED BY RAIYAN_96 on | November 1, 2010, 19:13 GMT

    Shafiul Islam C grade and Shahadat Hossain A grade? Really? Shahadat isn't half the bowler that Shafiul is.

    My grades

    A+ Tamim Iqbal, Shakiub al Hasan, Musfiqur Rahim, Mashrafe Mortaza (only because he is the so called skipper)

    A: Junaid Sidiquie, Rubel Hossain, Shafiul Islam, Mahmudullah Riyad

    B: Abdur Razzak, Imrul Kayes, Naeem Islam, Nazmul Hossain

    C: Shahadat Hossain, Syed Rasel, Rokibul Hasan, Shahriar Nafees, Ashraful, and other jokers

    Rookie: Jahurul Islam, SS Shuvo, Robiul Islam (you can't just play him 1 match and ruin his career)

  • POSTED BY on | November 1, 2010, 19:07 GMT

    Asraful is a gud player but not learn 4m his mistake so He can be @ A or less-and why Shahadat Hossain -he shouldn't be !! in front of Saiful & Rubel.

  • POSTED BY on | November 1, 2010, 19:02 GMT

    Dear oh dear. OK they wanted to give Ashraful another chance based on his recent domestic form, but A+? surely not. His recent domestic form still doesn't qualify him this. May be a A at most would have been justified. Imrul Kayes instead is much solid and consistance and leaving out Nafeez! BCB is useless - they can't even draw a contract with Nimbus - tells you what they are like. Bunch of jockers.

  • POSTED BY on | November 1, 2010, 18:39 GMT

    First, showing respect to all the comments against ashraful, I want to ask, is their anybody in Bangladesh now, who can replace him? Raqibul may have a healthy average of 29.33 but only the oneday in which Bangladesh best England, his score came in use. But in the other matches? We pray that he got out, and someone come to crease and accelerate the wheels of score. Yes, definitely players like him need in the team when we lost some early some wickets. But, still he plays to strong his place in the team, but not for the team. Bangladesh still needs a failure like Ashraful. because in that position still we don't have any!!!

  • POSTED BY Iftekharul_Hasan_Siam on | November 1, 2010, 18:17 GMT

    i still don't understand the mechanism & mentality of BCB. instead of handing over top-level contract to ashraful, even handing over a grade-3 contract to alok kapali would have brought better output. its just a waste of money. i am quiet sure ashraful have some political supports. i don't know how he managed both the political parties of bangladesh. one of his long-distance uncle is now MP of current ruling party of bangladesh. therefore whether BCB makes him play in the national squad or not - he will be always given grade-A contract i have no doubt about it. i am unhappy to see aftab ahmed & alok kapali not in the contract.

  • POSTED BY on | November 1, 2010, 17:28 GMT

    This is one of the most dissapointing news I've read on Bangladesh Cricket for a while. We need to move forward, and to do that we need to get rid of loosers like him. The earlier we realize this the better.

  • POSTED BY on | November 1, 2010, 17:15 GMT

    funny BCB! The player who doesn't get a place to stay in the best 11 gets the top level contract

  • POSTED BY bdcricfan21 on | November 1, 2010, 17:02 GMT

    Reward those who fail!!! That's the way to improve our cricket. Its no coincidence that ashrafool hasn't improved at all throughout the years. Why should he? He gets first a class contract and a permanent place on the team regardless of form. Surprised Nafees didn't get a contract. How is Shahdat a grade A? Seems like there is some politics in deciding these contracts.

  • POSTED BY saladin3 on | November 1, 2010, 16:58 GMT

    He shouldn't be there! Rubel, Shafiul much better, more confident cricketer than him. He lacks confidence which is key for any cricketer. He is not sure what he is doing.!!

  • POSTED BY le_stephenois on | November 1, 2010, 15:55 GMT

    why? This is astounding, he is an absolutely rubbish player, something like Imran Nazir or to a lesser extent, Yuvraj Singh, he has been around for so many years yet his game hasn't grown one iota. He is a brainless cricketer.

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  • POSTED BY le_stephenois on | November 1, 2010, 15:55 GMT

    why? This is astounding, he is an absolutely rubbish player, something like Imran Nazir or to a lesser extent, Yuvraj Singh, he has been around for so many years yet his game hasn't grown one iota. He is a brainless cricketer.

  • POSTED BY saladin3 on | November 1, 2010, 16:58 GMT

    He shouldn't be there! Rubel, Shafiul much better, more confident cricketer than him. He lacks confidence which is key for any cricketer. He is not sure what he is doing.!!

  • POSTED BY bdcricfan21 on | November 1, 2010, 17:02 GMT

    Reward those who fail!!! That's the way to improve our cricket. Its no coincidence that ashrafool hasn't improved at all throughout the years. Why should he? He gets first a class contract and a permanent place on the team regardless of form. Surprised Nafees didn't get a contract. How is Shahdat a grade A? Seems like there is some politics in deciding these contracts.

  • POSTED BY on | November 1, 2010, 17:15 GMT

    funny BCB! The player who doesn't get a place to stay in the best 11 gets the top level contract

  • POSTED BY on | November 1, 2010, 17:28 GMT

    This is one of the most dissapointing news I've read on Bangladesh Cricket for a while. We need to move forward, and to do that we need to get rid of loosers like him. The earlier we realize this the better.

  • POSTED BY Iftekharul_Hasan_Siam on | November 1, 2010, 18:17 GMT

    i still don't understand the mechanism & mentality of BCB. instead of handing over top-level contract to ashraful, even handing over a grade-3 contract to alok kapali would have brought better output. its just a waste of money. i am quiet sure ashraful have some political supports. i don't know how he managed both the political parties of bangladesh. one of his long-distance uncle is now MP of current ruling party of bangladesh. therefore whether BCB makes him play in the national squad or not - he will be always given grade-A contract i have no doubt about it. i am unhappy to see aftab ahmed & alok kapali not in the contract.

  • POSTED BY on | November 1, 2010, 18:39 GMT

    First, showing respect to all the comments against ashraful, I want to ask, is their anybody in Bangladesh now, who can replace him? Raqibul may have a healthy average of 29.33 but only the oneday in which Bangladesh best England, his score came in use. But in the other matches? We pray that he got out, and someone come to crease and accelerate the wheels of score. Yes, definitely players like him need in the team when we lost some early some wickets. But, still he plays to strong his place in the team, but not for the team. Bangladesh still needs a failure like Ashraful. because in that position still we don't have any!!!

  • POSTED BY on | November 1, 2010, 19:02 GMT

    Dear oh dear. OK they wanted to give Ashraful another chance based on his recent domestic form, but A+? surely not. His recent domestic form still doesn't qualify him this. May be a A at most would have been justified. Imrul Kayes instead is much solid and consistance and leaving out Nafeez! BCB is useless - they can't even draw a contract with Nimbus - tells you what they are like. Bunch of jockers.

  • POSTED BY on | November 1, 2010, 19:07 GMT

    Asraful is a gud player but not learn 4m his mistake so He can be @ A or less-and why Shahadat Hossain -he shouldn't be !! in front of Saiful & Rubel.

  • POSTED BY RAIYAN_96 on | November 1, 2010, 19:13 GMT

    Shafiul Islam C grade and Shahadat Hossain A grade? Really? Shahadat isn't half the bowler that Shafiul is.

    My grades

    A+ Tamim Iqbal, Shakiub al Hasan, Musfiqur Rahim, Mashrafe Mortaza (only because he is the so called skipper)

    A: Junaid Sidiquie, Rubel Hossain, Shafiul Islam, Mahmudullah Riyad

    B: Abdur Razzak, Imrul Kayes, Naeem Islam, Nazmul Hossain

    C: Shahadat Hossain, Syed Rasel, Rokibul Hasan, Shahriar Nafees, Ashraful, and other jokers

    Rookie: Jahurul Islam, SS Shuvo, Robiul Islam (you can't just play him 1 match and ruin his career)