It's rarely good when cricketers make news for reasons other than cricketing ones. No matter how bitter a pill it is to swallow, the fact is that the game has lost a lot of talented players to corruption.
Considering how long he has been playing international cricket it is difficult to believe that Bangladeshi batsman Mohammad Ashraful is only 28. Making his test debut as a precocious boy of 17 in 2001, he defied the wiles of the marauding Muttiah Muralitharan and took Sri Lanka for a fearless 114.
The first Test between Sri Lanka and Bangladesh at Galle may have ended in a high-scoring draw, but the visitors would consider the result as a psychological boost. Their record makes it clear that they don’t often save games against major sides, leave alone winning, so this result was a welcome change for Mushfiqur Rahim and his men.
The Galle Test between Sri Lanka and Bangladesh is heading towards a dull draw on the final day. Bangladesh have secured the match by overhauling Sri Lanka’s first innings total of 570 for 4 declared by registering their highest ever total in Test Cricket.
A massive unbroken stand of 262 runs for the fifth wicket between Mohammad Ashraful and Skipper Mushfiqur Rahim looks to be setting up Bangladesh towards a rare draw. With two full days left in the match, Bangladesh are sitting pretty at 438 for 4 in their first innings in reply to Sri Lanka’s 570 for 4 declared.
Bangladesh looked more than promising with the bat after they had let Sri Lanka pile up a massive total of 570 for 4 declared in the First Test at Galle. The minnows batting out a little over a session today on Day 2 got to 135 for 2 in 43 overs.
Bangladesh won its second T20 warm-up match which was also played on Monday. The second match which was against an NCU Preisdent’s XI at The Green in Comber was affected by rain and it was Bangladesh, who prevailed in the curtailed contest by 48 runs (D/L Method).
Once regarded as a precious batting talent, Mohammad Ashraful has failed to even keep a place in the Bangladeshi national team. Ashraful was expected to be the big hope of Bangladesh batting but sadly his talent has been wasted only because of his indiscreet shot selection.