Full name: Mohammad Ashraful
Birth Date: July 7, 1984
Birth Place: Dhaka
Playing role: Batsman, part-time bowler
Batting style: Right-handed
Bowling style: Right arm off break/leg break
Mohammad Ashraful is called the first superstar of Bangladeshi cricket. He loves to play strokes and got victory several times with his magical stroke playing batting style. Though today he is regularly irregular in the team, but some years ago, Bangladesh depended on his bat for victory. His name and Bangladesh’s victory became the same meaning word in the near past.
Ashraful started his international career in ODI against Zimbabwe on 11 April, 2001. Though, in this match, he was out with scored only 9 run, but he smashed two fours in the match and gave the announcement that “I am coming.” He made his Test debut against Sri Lanka on 6 September in the same year. At this match, by showing his class, he scored 114 and became the youngest test centurion in the world. The major teams Ashraful played for are Bangladesh, Asia XI, Bangladesh A, Central Zone (Bangladesh), Dhaka Divisio, Dhaka Gladiators, Dhaka Metropolis, Mumbai Indians.
There are lots of spectacular innings of Ashraful. His most remembered innings in the international cricket are
-his maiden century against Sri Lanka in 2001, 158* against India in test match which was the then highest score in an innings of a Bangladeshi batsman in 2004,
-100 from 101 against Australia in 2005 and got victory over Australia is his best innings and it was said by Wisden the biggest upset in ODI history,
– he scored 94 from just 53 balls against England at the very next match of defeating Australia though the team incurred a big defeat in that match
-in 2007 world cup Ashraful scored 87 from 83 against South Africa and won the match by 67 runs
Ashraful led Bangladesh as a captain from June 2007 to June 2009. He was the second youngest captain in the world cricket. Ashraful scored the fastest fifty in test cricket in term of time and second fastest in term of ball. He scored the fastest fifty in T20 cricket among any Bangladeshi batsman which was, in that time also.
Though he is a master class batsman, there are lots of controversies in his career. Though some precious innings, his average is very poor as a batsman. In 2008 he slapped a fan who called him rubbish for his poor performance. In 2012 he made an incident with Tamim Iqbal and became the headlines of newspapers for his wrong doing. But the most controversy in his career, which is a black chapter for Bangladesh cricket, is his spot fixing scandal. In the 2nd season of Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) he admitted spot fixing as well as match fixing. ICC’s Anti Corruption and Security Unit (ACSU) charged him for his scandal. Now BCB is taking over the issue and try to give punishment to the all people who are admitted with fixing. Ashraful also admitted fixing in international matches, as he said. He confessed his all the wrong doings and said he wants the wellbeing of his country that why he confessed everything.