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    The rise and rise of Mohammad Ashraful : Legspin to leadership

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    The rise and rise of Mohammad Ashraful

    Legspin to leadership

    Khondaker Mirazur Rahman

    June 20, 2007



    Mohammad Ashraful's rise from nets boy via legspinner to Bangladesh's best bat was swift © Getty

    In the winter of 1993, at Dhaka's Siddheswary cricket ground, the breeding ground of many Bangladeshi national cricketers, the local Amarjyothi club was holding its practice sessions. Several higher-level cricketers, including Mohammed Rafique, would-be international Khaled Mahmud and Bangladesh A opener Imran Hamid Partho, were part of these sessions.

    Also a regular was a lean nine-year-old in oversized whites who would dutifully perform the mundane duties of a ball boy. Once the season ended, however, he disappeared, only to reappear the next season, and once again turn up regularly.

    One day Mahmud, the club captain, asked him if he wanted to be a cricketer. Pat came the reply: "Yes. I can bowl some legspin. If you allow me, I can show you."

    Mahmud decided to give the youngster a chance to bowl. The first batsman to pad up was Partho, a dashing left-handed batsman known for his mastery over spin bowling. The boy began his run-up with all eyes on him. To everyone's utter disbelief the ball, instead of being hit out of the small ground, deceived Partho with turn and bounce. Partho completely missed the ball and shook his head in disbelief.

    Throughout the session, the boy caused all sorts of trouble for the Amarjyothi batsmen and was plainly thrilled at being a part of the practice after long dreaming of participating.

    Realising they had a special talent on their hands, the club's officials signed him up the next day and, a day before the season's first game, gave him his first opportunity to bat in the nets. He despatched the ball to all parts of the ground with consummate ease. Later, the boy said," I am a bowler who can bat a bit."
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    Read that... much as I've never rated him as a international batsman it's still a lovely story.
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    The trouble with appointing a 21-year-old captain, is that one day he'll be a 24-year-old ex-captain.

    Should have been Rajin Saleh I think (who's captained the A side).

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    Cool story.

    Although, I wonder what happened to Partho, the dashing left hander? The master of spin bowling was pwned by a nine year old. Topped himself?


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    Quote Originally Posted by Richard View Post
    Read that... much as I've never rated him as a international batsman it's still a lovely story.
    Comon man, what are you????? Geof Boycott's Grandmaa?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bouncer View Post
    Comon man, what are you????? Geof Boycott's Grandmaa?

    Not every one is technically perfect. what last ten years have toght me is to follow the game wtih the realization that game has changed, and now there are going to be people who are not perfectly sound batsmen (the term from 70's and 80's).

    Its the Game you love and like it or not, it is not same as it used to be, Demands are different, criterias have changed and so does the game and player.
    Where did that come from? Richard never said anything about technique
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    Quote Originally Posted by PhoenixFire View Post
    Where did that come from? Richard never said anything about technique
    He read too much in to Richard lines and pre-assumpt
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    Indeed, assumption is the mother of all screw-ups.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PhoenixFire View Post
    Where did that come from? Richard never said anything about technique

    Well excuse me cozz i read

    Read that... much as I've never rated him as a international batsman it's still a lovely story
    as richard pointing out towards lack of technique.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bouncer View Post
    Well excuse me cozz i read



    as richard pointing out towards lack of technique.


    I still don't understand where technique comes from.......

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    Quote Originally Posted by PhoenixFire View Post


    I still don't understand where technique comes from.......
    Well when someone says that
    Read that... much as I've never rated him as a international batsman it's still a lovely story
    i hope he is saying coz of batsman's technique and not bcoz of his skinny legs

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bouncer View Post
    Well when someone says that

    i hope he is saying coz of batsman's technique and not bcoz of his skinny legs
    Well many things can cause someone to think that a player isn't international class, not least technique

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    Quote Originally Posted by PhoenixFire View Post
    Well many things can cause someone to think that a player isn't international class, not least technique

    You are right

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    There are indeed many reasons I don't rate Ashraful, technique is merely one.

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    Lovely story, I'm a big Ashraful fan and these sort of things are really nice to read.
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