Bangladesh news November 1, 2010

Ashraful handed top-level central contract

ESPNcricinfo staff

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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  • Dummy4 on November 6, 2010, 22:11 GMT

    Where the hell is Shariar Nafees?

  • Enamul 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.

  • Dummy4 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 :)

  • Dummy4 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!

  • Dummy4 on November 4, 2010, 6:20 GMT

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

  • Dummy4 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.

  • Bang 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 :)

  • Mahamudul 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.

  • Bang 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.

  • Shakhawat on November 2, 2010, 10:59 GMT

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

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