Full name Mohammad Ashraful
Born July 7, 1984, Dhaka
Current age 32 years 262 days
Major teams Bangladesh, Asia XI, Bangladesh A, Central Zone (Bangladesh), Dhaka Division, Dhaka Gladiators, Dhaka Gladiators, Dhaka Metropolis, Mumbai Indians
Playing role Middle-order batsman
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Right-arm offbreak, Legbreak
|Test debut||Sri Lanka v Bangladesh at Colombo (SSC), Sep 6-8, 2001 scorecard|
|Last Test||Zimbabwe v Bangladesh at Harare, Apr 25-29, 2013 scorecard|
|ODI debut||Zimbabwe v Bangladesh at Bulawayo, Apr 11, 2001 scorecard|
|Last ODI||Zimbabwe v Bangladesh at Bulawayo, May 8, 2013 scorecard|
|T20I debut||Kenya v Bangladesh at Nairobi (Gym), Sep 1, 2007 scorecard|
|Last T20I||Sri Lanka v Bangladesh at Pallekele, Mar 31, 2013 scorecard|
|Last First-class||Dhaka Metropolis v Barisal Division at Savar (3), Dec 27-30, 2016 scorecard|
|List A debut||2000/01|
|Last List A||Zimbabwe v Bangladesh at Bulawayo, May 8, 2013 scorecard|
|Twenty20 debut||Kenya v Bangladesh at Nairobi (Gym), Sep 1, 2007 scorecard|
|Last Twenty20||Sri Lanka v Bangladesh at Pallekele, Mar 31, 2013 scorecard|
|Bat & Bowl||Team||Opposition||Ground||Match Date||Scorecard|
|20, 0/32, 24, 0/32||Dhaka Metro||v Barisal Div||Savar (3)||27 Dec 2016||FC|
|39, 3/47, 12, 0/16||Dhaka Metro||v Dhaka Div||Fatullah||20 Dec 2016||FC|
|1/82||Dhaka Metro||v Khulna Div||Cox's Bazar||8 Oct 2016||FC|
|4/62, 26, 2||Dhaka Metro||v Barisal Div||Khulna||2 Oct 2016||FC|
|-||Dhaka Metro||v Dhaka Div||Bogra||25 Sep 2016||FC|
|5||Bangladesh||v Zimbabwe||Bulawayo||8 May 2013||ODI # 3355|
|8||Bangladesh||v Zimbabwe||Bulawayo||5 May 2013||ODI # 3354|
|29||Bangladesh||v Zimbabwe||Bulawayo||3 May 2013||ODI # 3353|
|4, 0/0, 4, 1/13||Bangladesh||v Zimbabwe||Harare||25 Apr 2013||Test # 2087|
|38, 40||Bangladesh||v Zimbabwe||Harare||17 Apr 2013||Test # 2086|
How Bangladesh cricket will view Mohammad Ashraful remains up for debate. For several years this boy wonder raised the country's cricket to a surfer's optimism from the debilitating quicksand that was their initiation into Test cricket since 2000, only to let the country and the sport down when he admitted to his involvement in match-fixing and spot-fixing in the Bangladesh Premier League.
As a batsman, the trouble with Ashraful has been his inconsistency. As long as you enjoy the highlight reel of his career, everything seems rosy: whether it was in becoming the youngest Test centurion in 2001, the unbeaten 158 against India in 2004, the magnificent 100 he made against Australia in Cardiff in 2005 triggering a huge upset, or the innovative 87 against South Africa in the 2007 World Cup, Ashraful provided the entertainment quotient that turned heads towards Bangladesh. When he made a comeback in 2013 after being dropped due to poor form, he made 190 against Sri Lanka. But one look at the overall numbers, and it is easy to realise why some of his fans have given up on him. The fact that he has a score of 50 or more roughly 15% of the time he has batted in international cricket is one of those markers, like his batting average, that pulls him down as a batsman. Is it easy to say that he has underachieved, but those who have dealt with him over the years think otherwise, as they have been surprised by his own lack of confidence in his immense talent.
His rise from the outskirts of Dhaka to cricket's wonderboy has been well documented. He trained under Wahidul Gani, a dedicated coach who ran his academy in Dhanmondi, before making his club debut for Amorjyoti. After warming the benches for the star-studded Surjo Tarun in the Dhaka Premier League in 2000-01, he made it to the Bangladesh team on the back of a lot of promise and because the selectors were too focused on youth.
After his 2007 World Cup performance, the media wanted to see their golden boy take to captaincy, but it didn't work out well. He immediately fell further as a batsman in his two-year stint that also saw the loss of players to the Indian Cricket League in 2008. There were allegations of him being willing to play in the rebel league. He lost his captaincy to Mashrafe Mortaza after his affinity for a dab past the wicketkeeper cost Bangladesh a game against Ireland in the 2009 World Twenty20. And as the team started to have more performers, he lost his place regularly in the next few years. However, in March 2013, he made 190 against Sri Lanka in the Galle Test, an evolved innings which earned fulsome praise.
However, just when it seemed it was all going to change for Ashraful, he was hauled up by the ICC's Anti-Corruption and Security Unit into alleged spot-fixing claims during the season's BPL. He confessed to his involvement in match-fixing and was "kept away" from all forms of cricket by the Bangladesh Cricket Board pending the submission of the ACSU report.
Also, which players have the most half-centuries without ever having made a hundred?
This Bangladesh are crazy if they think they can beat Sri Lanka in their own den. Right?