Ashraful was voted best sportsman of 2004

Published: Tuesday, April 12, 2005, 23:53 [IST]
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Dhaka:Talented Bangladesh batsman Mohammad Ashraful was voted the best sportsman of 2004. The young batsman was the popular choice of 164 sports journalists, who took part in the poll of bangladesherkhela.com, the lone Bangla website that was introduced in its annual award function last year.

Ashraful, who amassed 520 runs in eight Tests including four half-centuries apart from that brilliant hundred at an average of 40, got highest 217 points.

The right-hander, who belted a spellbinding 158 against India in Dhaka to catapult himself into limelight, beat off competition from fellow veteran tweaker Mohammad Rafique and SAF Games gold winning shooter Sharmin Akhter in a colourful function at the Shilphakala Academy.

Ashraful received a trophy and a cheque for Tk 50,000 from Post and Telecommunications Minister Barrister Aminul Haque.

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