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10 January 1981 |
Washington, D.C., United States
|Height||6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)|
|Bowling style||Right arm off spin|
|Test debut (cap 91)||28 July 2002 v Bangladesh|
|Last Test||9 December 2007 v England|
|ODI debut (cap 113)||27 November 2002 v South Africa|
|Last ODI||23 July 2013 v South Africa|
|Domestic team information|
|2000/01–present||Colombo Cricket Club|
|Source: CricketArchive; nhttp://www.espncricinfo.com/srilanka/content/player/49633.html, 14 August 2013|
Educated at prestigious Royal College Colombo, where he won the coveted Royal Crown for cricket and won colours in water polo. He holds a degree in Chemistry from University of Colombo. Mubarak was initially spotted at a Cricket training camp in Dambulla by former players Arjuna Ranatunga and Aravinda de Silva, and subsequently labeled one of the brightest future stars of Sri Lankan cricket,. His father is Dr A M Mubarak.
After being a prolific run scorer in school yard cricket, though only playing a handful of first class games, Mubarak was eliciting comparisons to West Indian cricket icon Brian Lara for not only his graceful batting style but also for his ability against spinners.
After his debut Ranjit Fernando stated on air that Mubarak's batting was "poetry in motion" and that he should be given more responsibility in order to improve the professionalism of the Sri Lankan cricket team.
In June 2005 however, three years after his debut he had failed to live up to initial expectations and was looked over for selection and has been given limited opportunities since.
In August 2007 he was rushed into the Sri Lankan Twenty20 squad following the departures of Marvan Atapattu and Russel Arnold, following man-of-the-match performances against Bangladesh. He performed admirably during this tournament which included a 13-ball 46 against Kenya.
In May 2009 Mubarak was selected as one of the overseas players of Brothers Union Chittagong for their campaign in the Habib Group Port City Cricket League (PCL) tournament being held in Chittagong, Bangladesh between 2 and 10 May 2009.
Many commentators remarked that he had previously been treated unfairly and never given an extended run in the Sri Lankan team, and this along with the enormous burden placed on him in his youth was the main reason behind his lack of consistency. Cricket loving public feels he has been given more opportunities than others as he is from the same school as the Chief selector Asantha De Mel. Asantha De Mel was replaced by Aravinda De Silva in 2010.
Jehan started his sporting career as a swimmer and then became a cricketer. He swam for Royal College and competed at National Level swimming competitions by representing his alma-mater. Mubarak specialized in short distance swimming and won the national championship in 50 meter butterfly stroke. In 2006–2007 Jehan swam for Sri Lanka National Swimming meet and after finishing his semi-final heat he opt out from final event to participate in Sri Lanka national cricket team practice. Mubarak also led the Royal College Water Polo team during his time at Royal College.
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