Bangladesh news April 1, 2012

Ashraful chopped from central contracts list

ESPNcricinfo staff

Mohammad Ashraful has not been awarded a contract by the Bangladesh Cricket Board for 2012. The BCB announced contracts for 15 players after the meeting of its board of directors on Sunday, with a salary hike of 10% from last year.

The contracts were divided into five categories, with A+ being the highest grade. Shakib Al Hasan, Mushfiqur Rahim, Tamim Iqbal, Abdur Razzak and Mashrafe Mortaza retained their A+ grading from last year. Imrul Kayes, with a grade A contract, and Shafiul Islam, with a grade B contract, received upgrades.

Ashraful missed out after a woeful 2011, in which he was in and out of both the Test and one-day teams. He had averaged just 5.28 in seven one-dayers, and 28.25 in two Tests. He was not a part of the squad that impressed in the recently concluded Asia Cup.

Nasir Hossain, who has averaged 42 for Bangladesh in 14 ODIs with a hundred and three half-centuries, was included for the first time in the list with a grade C contract. Batsmen Nazimuddin and Shuvagata Hom, and left-arm spinner Elias Sunny who claimed a six-for on debut against West Indies in October, were awarded rookie grade contracts.

Shahadat Hossain, Junaid Siddique, Syed Rasel, Raqibul Hasan, Naeem Islam and Suhrawadi Shuvo missed out on contracts this year.

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  • Fahad on April 4, 2012, 23:10 GMT

    That's what should happen to everyone who do not perform well for more than 6 months regardless of how "good" the player is. Having potential and experience means nothing if a cricketer cannot perform.

  • Dummy4 on April 4, 2012, 22:11 GMT

    dont forget the legend of ashrsful he got some gresat performance in past and won the matches from iSri lanka newzealand austrailia

  • Dummy4 on April 4, 2012, 14:28 GMT

    Shafiul Islam and Rubel Hossain should have been also kicked out from the team with Shahadat Hossain and Mohammad Ashraful.

  • Dummy4 on April 4, 2012, 11:28 GMT

    Good to see BCB take some inisiative to take BAN cricket in next stage selecting new team? Is this selection is just punishing some cricketers or betterment for BAN cricket? Do they have any other plan, like promoting more strike player like musfiq,..on top(schin-shebag,..)? or newcomer would be ok? Dont BAN cricket still have any place for reliable cricketer like shahriar Nafees in the middle order? best luck BAN cricket!!.

  • Dummy4 on April 4, 2012, 9:43 GMT

    Where is Shahriar Nafees? Why there is Nazimuddin?

  • Zayed on April 4, 2012, 1:21 GMT

    At last Ash and Shahadat is out,BD wud have been the Asia Cup champion if it wasnt for shahadat,inclusion of Imrul is needed as we need a reliable batsman to support Tamim(like world cup),Shahriar Nafees needs to be in the team to support the openers as BD loses first 3 wickets quickly and struggles in that area,surprised to see Anamul wasnt included,find no reason to include Jahirul as he doesnt bat according to the grammar,which is good for T20 but not for ODI or test.Shubhagoto has talent according to the league performances, not sure about international formats, but no harm to try.Nazimuddin should be kicked out as I dont see any place for him in the team.We dont need Razzaq as he doesnt make any significant differences against powerful teams, he can only do good with Zimbabwe, same goes for Naim islam.Besides we have Shakib , Sunny and Riad for spin, no need to have any more spinners.

  • QGR on April 3, 2012, 19:17 GMT

    Why in the heaven's name Shuvagata Hom has been included in the central contract!? I see no reason for Shahadat Hossain, Shahriar Nafees and Junaid Siddique to be kept out of the contract, as they are still must in longer version of the game. Nazimuddin's performance in recently concluded Asia Cup hardly justify his place, but it is also unfair to judge someone with performance in a particular series.

  • Dummy4 on April 3, 2012, 17:47 GMT

    Why Nasir in Grade C? He should be A+.... Naim, Shuvo and Raqib should be included.

  • Jawwad on April 3, 2012, 14:16 GMT

    It would have been wiser to include Ashraful after the way we saw Nazim bat in the A.Cup. To all the critics I would say that Ash has truly not been given a proper chance after his demotion from captaincy which has put pressure in him and prevented him from performing. His class was evident in the BPL where he had no pressure. So please think hard again. Nafees, Junaid and Naeem should have been given chances. Nazim should have been beheaded!! It was wise to let Anamul mature in the leagues before making his debut. Mahmud shouldn't be given a regular spot.

  • Dummy4 on April 3, 2012, 5:07 GMT

    I would pick Nazmul over Rubel and Shafiul any day.

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