Bangladesh news June 11, 2013

Huge loss if Ashraful is banned - Jurgensen


Bangladesh coach Shane Jurgensen has said that it will be a "huge loss" for the team if Mohammad Ashraful was banned from cricket for his involvement in match-fixing. Jurgensen said there was some "disbelief" when the news about Ashraful's confession emerged, but he did not comment on any other aspects of the controversy.

Jurgensen, who returned to Dhaka on Monday from Brisbane, had to face several questions about the issue, but the Bangladesh team management is trying its best to shift the focus back to cricket, before a fitness camp begins in Mirpur on June 13.

Ashraful will not be a part of the camp because he has been suspended by the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) until the ICC's Anti-Corruption and Security Unit (ACSU) report is submitted. Given his confession, there is doubt whether he will play for Bangladesh in the near future.

"If he is banned, it is a huge loss in the batting order for us," Jurgensen said. "But that's all I am really going to say. I don't know the findings of the investigations. He's batting well and if he's banned, we will miss him. There was a little bit of disbelief there, but I am not going to comment any further."

Jurgensen said it was imperative that everyone concerned with the cricket team returned to the game rather than dwell on the controversy. "It is important [to shift focus]. It has to be business as usual as far as cricket is concerned," he said. "We have some really important cricket coming up. We have all had a really nice break after a long international and domestic season. Now we have to focus strongly on what's coming up."

The camp will be Bangladesh's first prolonged fitness programme in more than two years. Many of the players involved will head to different tours for the Bangladesh A side as well as the Under-23 side in the next two months.

Mohammad Isam is ESPNcricinfo's Bangladesh correspondent. He tweets here

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  • Amit on June 13, 2013, 4:46 GMT

    This why BAN is not playing in CT 2013....They are not taking cricket Seriously

  • Muhammad Rakibul on June 12, 2013, 17:19 GMT

    Huge loss? How? BD improved a lot in last 4 years. They have 5/6 batsmen with 25+ batting avrg in both longer formats, while Ashraful's batting averages r just 24 & 22.38 in Test & ODI. Yes, he has experience but not the consistency. He scored his last ODI 50 in Jan 2010 vs IND. That shows his poor form in ODI. Apart 4m 190 vs Lankans, he had no significant innings in last 3 years. So there will b no loss.

  • Dummy4 on June 12, 2013, 16:15 GMT

    The average thought about Ash is same. As a BD Cricket Fan we would love to have players who are ready to play and will do good for the country if get chance. We should stop giving chance to some players trying to make someone play well for the country when there are lot of alternatives. Hope Decision Make will think as a BD Cricket Fan....

  • Dummy4 on June 12, 2013, 15:13 GMT

    A foreign coach has to be diplomatic. He doesn't want to ruffle feathers. He knows how useless Ashraful has been as a contributor. That's why Ash was dropped time and time again. Lets say the coach is avoiding rubbing salt in an open wound. That's the decent thing to do.

  • Amir on June 12, 2013, 14:09 GMT

    For people disagreeing with the coach, what is he supposed to say? It is correct for him to say all the right things and he is trying to move on and trying to shift focus on to the field. I believe Ashraful will not be a big loss but coach said the right thing.

  • Thuhin on June 12, 2013, 12:50 GMT

    I am agree with the Coach, it will be a big loss

  • Shipu on June 12, 2013, 10:55 GMT

    I agree with the fans as well. A guy that averages 22 in the main forms is certainly not going to missed. What Ash did was wrong and is unacceptable and lets be fair, can't get away with such things no matter what your status is. Apart from that 190 he scored in the first test this year, the rest of the matches including the recent ones in Zimbabwe, his figures are simply poor and his overall average reflects on that so based on these figures, I don't think he at all will be missed in the team. We have some youngsters right now who are making the most use of their talent unlike Ash did and should use them instead for the long term rather than giving several chances to such players like Ash who almost everytime keep on disappointing.

  • KH. RAFIQUE on June 12, 2013, 7:34 GMT

    I totally disagree with the coach.BAN wont miss Ashraful for a sure.Last 2 years BAN won most of the matches without Shakib and Ashraful;some cases even without Tamim.So, thats clear the point that BAN dont need the big players as they just needs to play more with the hearts according to the plan.

  • Andrew on June 11, 2013, 23:19 GMT

    Can't be believe it is a matter of IF?????

  • Dummy4 on June 11, 2013, 21:39 GMT

    I don't think he will be missed that much at all...

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