Gazi Ashraf

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Gazi Ashraf
Personal information
Full name Gazi Ashraf Hossain Lipu
Born (1960-12-29) 29 December 1960 (age 56)
Dhaka, East Pakistan
Nickname Lipu
Batting Right-hand bat
Bowling Right-arm offbreak
Career statistics
Competition ODIs
Matches 7
Runs scored 59
Batting average 8.42
100s/50s -/-
Top score 18
Balls bowled 51
Wickets 2
Bowling average 16.50
5 wickets in innings
10 wickets in match n/a
Best bowling 1/7
Catches/stumpings 1/-
Source: Cricinfo, 13 February 2006

Gazi Ashraf Hossain (Bengali: গাজী আশরাফ হোসেন; born: 29 December, 1960; Dhaka), commonly known as Lipu, is a former Bangladeshi cricketer who played and captained the Bangladeshi cricket team in its first 7 ODIs, two in the Asia Cup in 1986, three in the Asian Cup in 1988, and two in the Australia-Asia Cup to 1990.

Lipu in ODI[edit]

Lipu's highest ODI score (18) came in his very final ODI against Australia at Sharjah in 1990.[1] He also has two ODI wickets in his bag. He dismissed Javed Miandad at Moratuwa[2] and Roy Dias at Kandy[3] in the Asia Cup in 1986.

Lipu in ICC Trophy cricket[edit]

He played in 20 ICC Trophy matches for Bangladesh in 1982, 1986, and 1990. He was a member of the team captained by Shafiq-ul-Haq that lost its Semi Final against Zimbabwe and then also lost the Consolation Final against Papua New Guinea in the 1982 ICC Trophy in England. His best performance came in the opening match against West Africa. His 77 helped Bangladesh beat their opponents by 76 runs. Unfortunately, he was unable to keep up his good form, and at the end of the trophy he finished with 126 runs from 7 innings, with an average of 21.00.[4] He was the captain in the 1986 ICC Trophy also held in England, but the team failed to progress pass the group stage. Bangladesh defeated Kenya and Argentina, but lost against Zimbabwe (the eventual winners), Malaysia, East Africa and Denmark. Lipu's top score (41) came against Malaysia. He also took 6 wickets in the trophy at an average of 29.66. His best bowling was 3/26 against Kenya.[5]

Ashraf Lipu was captain again in the ICC Trophy of 1990, in Netherlands.Though Lipu himself was out of form, (he scored only 106 runs in 7 innings, his highest, 40 coming in the first match against Kenya), the team performed admirably under his leadership to reach the semi-finals.[6] Thus Lipu ended his international career on a high.

  Batting Bowling
Year Matches Runs Average High Score 100 / 50 Runs Wickets Average Best
1982 7 126 21.00 77 0/1 30 2 15.00 2/30
1986 6 123 20.50 41 0/0 178 6 29.67 3/26
1990 7 106 15.14 40 0/0 - - - -
Overall 20 355 18.68 77 0/1 208 8 26.00 3/26

In other tournaments[edit]

Gazi Ashraf enjoyed outstanding success in the 1st South East Asian Cricket Cup in Dhaka, in 1984. His highest 62 came against Bangladesh Tigers. He also scored 40 against Hong Kong in the Final. It was during this tournament, that he cemented his place as the regular No 3 in the national side. In the tour to Kenya that followed, he did well in the 3-day and 2 Day match, but missed out in the One-Day matches.

Ashraf Lipu as a captain[edit]

Among all the captains of Bangladesh, Lipu enjoyed the longest stint. He captained Bangladesh against Sri Lanka in March 1985, and remained as captain until the ICC Trophyin the summer of 1990.

Before taking up the captaincy of the national side, Lipu had already proved himself as a successful leader in domestic cricket. He was successful as captain of Abahani KC in the Dhaka League, and as the captain of Dhaka University in national cricket. Also, in January 1985, he led the Bangladesh U-25 side against a touring New Zealand team.[7] According to many analysts, the era of Lipu's captaincy saw the most significant developments in Bangladesh cricket. While the national team failed to achieve expected results, the period saw a number of talented cricketers like Minhajul Abedin, Athar Ali Khan, Akram Khan, Gholam Nousher, Aminul Islam and few others emerge as quality international players. These players would be the stars of the Bangladesh side throughout the 90's and beyond. More importantly, during the second half of the 80's, professionalism entered Bangladesh cricket and at the same time cricket became increasingly popular among the young generation.[8]

Even after retiring from international cricket Gazi Ashraf Lipu continued to be a successful captain in domestic arena. He led Abahani KC to the Dhaka league title in 1993–94. Interestingly, Faruk Ahmed, who was the captain of the national squad at that time was playing under him in League cricket.

Bangladeshi ODI captains
Number Name Year Played Won Tied Lost No result
1 Gazi Ashraf 1985/6-1989/90 7 0 0 7 0
Bangladeshi ICC Trophy captains
Number Name Year Played Won Tied Lost No result Where finished
2 Gazi Ashraf 1986 6 2 0 4 0 Sixth in qualifying group
1990 7 5 0 2 0 Semi-Finalists
Total 13 7 0 6 0
Gazi Ashraf captaincy record in major competitions
Year Tournament Venue Result
1986 2nd Asia Cup Sri Lanka 3rd among 3 Countries
1986 3rd ICC Trophy England Eliminated in the 1st round (6th in a group of 7 teams)
1988 2nd South East Asian Cup Hong Kong Champion
1988 3rd Asia Cup Bangladesh 4th among 4 countries
1990 2nd Australasia Cup Sharjah (UAE) Eliminated in the 1st round (3rd in a group of 3 teams)
1990 4th ICC Trophy Netherlands 3rd Place (17 teams competed)
Preceded by
Raquibul Hasan
Bangladeshi cricket Captains
1985–1990
Succeeded by
Minhajul Abedin
Preceded by
Shafiq-ul-Haq
Bangladeshi ICC Trophy Captains
1986, 1990
Succeeded by
Faruk Ahmed

Lipu as a cricket administrator[edit]

In recent years, Lipu has successfully served different top level administrative positions in Bangladesh cricket. He is still heavily involved with the development of cricket in Bangladesh.

References[edit]

  1. ^ cricinfo scorecard : Bangladesh v Australia (30 April 1990). Retrieved on 2008-1-19.
  2. ^ cricinfo scorecard Bangladesh v Pakistan (31 March 1986). Retrieved on 2008-1-19.
  3. ^ cricinfo scorecard Bangladesh v Sri-Lanka (2 April 1986).Retrieved on (19 January 2008).
  4. ^ BanglaCricket: Bangladesh in ICC Trophy,ICC Trophy 1982, England Archived 14 June 2008 at the Wayback Machine. (Retrieved on 2008-1-19)
  5. ^ BanglaCricket: Bangladesh in ICC Trophy, ICC Trophy 1986, England Archived 14 June 2008 at the Wayback Machine. (Retrieved on 2008-1-20)
  6. ^ BanglaCricket: Bangladesh in ICC Trophy, ICC Trophy 1990, Netherlands (Retrieved on 2008-1-21)
  7. ^ Hasan Babli. "Antorjartik Cricket Bangladesh". Khelar Bhuban Prakashani, November, 1994.
  8. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 22 February 2012. Retrieved 2007-08-30. : Rafiqul Ameer. "Looking Back: Bangladesh Cricket in the 80's". Retrieved on 2007-12-18.

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