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Jehan Mubarak

Jehan Mubarak
Personal information
Full name
Jehan Mubarak
Born (1981-01-10) 10 January 1981 (age 43)
Washington, D.C., U.S.A
Height6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
BowlingRight arm off spin
RelationsA. M. Mubarak (father)
International information
National side
Test debut (cap 91)28 July 2002 v Bangladesh
Last Test20 August 2015 v India
ODI debut (cap 113)27 November 2002 v South Africa
Last ODI23 July 2013 v South Africa
ODI shirt no.42 (previously 11)
T20I debut (cap 17)14 September 2007 v Kenya
Last T20I21 June 2009 v Pakistan
T20I shirt no.42
Domestic team information
2000/01–2017Colombo Cricket Club
2012Duronto Rajshahi
Kalabagan Krira Chakra
2012–2017Khulna Royal Bengals
2012–2013Uthura Rudras
2013–2015Wayamba United
Career statistics
Competition Test ODI T20I
Matches 13 40 16
Runs scored 385 704 238
Batting average 17.05 22.70 21.63
100s/50s 0/0 0/4 0/0
Top score 49 72 46*
Balls bowled 103 129 8
Wickets 0 2 1
Bowling average 47.50 17.00
5 wickets in innings 0 0
10 wickets in match 0 0
Best bowling 1/10 1/9
Catches/stumpings 13/– 12/– 9/–
Source: CricInfo, 31 August 2017

Jehan Mubarak (Sinhala: ජෙහාන් මුබාරක්Tamil: ஜெகன் முபாரக்; born 10 January 1981) is an American-born former professional Sri Lankan cricketer, who played all formats of the game. He is a left-handed batsman and a right-arm offbreak bowler.

Personal life

The son of Azeez Mohamed Mubarak, a first-class cricketer himself and later a prominent scientist, Mubarak was born in Washington, D.C., making him, with West Indian Ken Weekes, one of only two Test cricketers born in the United States. His family soon returned to Sri Lanka, however, where he was educated at Royal College Colombo, winning the coveted Royal Crown for cricket and colours in water polo. He holds a degree in Physical Science from University of Colombo.[1][2] 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,.[3]

Mubarak 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.[4]

Mubarak was involved in an accident on 22 April 2012 while driving back from Wilpattu National Park; he was arrested and later acquitted as the result of a head-on collision which killed a motorcyclist.[5]

Domestic career

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.[6] He made his Twenty20 debut on 17 August 2004, for Colombo Cricket Club in the 2004 SLC Twenty20 Tournament.[7]

In July 2009, Mubarak was selected to captain the Sri Lanka Board XI against India.[8] In August 2009, he scored 160 for Sri Lanka A against Pakistan A[9] and in September 2009 he captained and guided Sri Lankan domestic champions Wayamba to the Champions League in India.[10]

International career


In July 2002 he made his Test debut against Bangladesh,[11] and in November 2002 he made his ODI debut against South Africa[12] and participated in the 2003 World Cup hosted by South Africa.[13]

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.[14]


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.[15]

In February 2006, he was fined after showing dissent towards an umpire in an ODI against Bangladesh[16]


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.[17] He performed admirably during this tournament which included a 13-ball 46 against Kenya, where the team recorded highest ever twenty20 international team total by posting 260/6,[18] which stood for 9 years until Australia beat the record.

In September 2007 Mubarak subsequently re-called back into the ODI squad[19] and Sri Lankan Test team[20][21] against England.

In September 2008 Mubarak performed well all-round against Hong-Kong playing for the Sri Lankan Development XI.[22]

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.[23]

Late career

Many commentators remarked that he had previously been treated unfairly and never given an extended run in the Sri Lankan team,[24] and this along with the enormous burden placed on him in his youth was the main reason behind his lack of consistency.[25] 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.

Mubarak has also been touted as a future captain of Sri Lanka due to his handling of his team Wayamba and of the media during the Champions League in India.[26]

In 2015, he was slated for a Test recall for his fielding abilities by Jonty Rhodes due to his long reach.[27] Having scored a thousand runs in back-to-back domestic seasons Mubarak was recalled to the Test squad for the first time in almost eight years.[28] He played in the third Test of the Pakistan series in Kumar Sangakkara's place and made a contribution of 35 batting with skipper Angelo Mathews in the second innings. But, Sri Lanka lost the match by 6 wickets.[29]

National records

Jehan Mubarak has the highest ever strike rate (353.84) in a T20I match for Sri Lanka, set when he made 46 not out off 13 balls against Kenya in the 2007 World T20.[30]


Jehan Mubarak made his commentary debut during the test series between Sri Lanka and Bangladesh.

See also


  1. ^ "Jehan Mubarak – Up close and personal". Island Cricket. Archived from the original on 9 May 2012. Retrieved 5 March 2012.
  2. ^ "Kelaniya S&LSA – overall champs at Gampaha District Meet". Sunday Observer. Archived from the original on 5 June 2011. Retrieved 30 March 2008.
  3. ^ "Mubarak waits for his window". Cricinfo. Retrieved 27 January 2004.
  4. ^ "Make a Splash". Cricinfo. Retrieved 31 October 2010.
  5. ^ "Sri Lankan cricketer Jehan Mubarak arrested over a fatal accident". Archived from the original on 10 September 2017. Retrieved 22 April 2012.
  6. ^ "Jehan Mubarak". Cricinfo. Retrieved 30 March 2008.
  7. ^ "1st Round, Colombo, Aug 17 2004, Twenty-20 Tournament". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 22 April 2021.
  8. ^ "Sri Lanka Board XI v Indians". Cricinfo. Retrieved 18 July 2008.
  9. ^ "Mubarak 160 puts Sri Lanka in charge". Cricinfo. Retrieved 7 August 2009.
  10. ^ "Wayamba squad". Cricinfo. Retrieved 1 September 2009.
  11. ^ "Sri Lanka vs Bangladesh 2nd Test". Cricinfo. Retrieved 31 July 2002.
  12. ^ "South Africa vs Sri Lanka 1st ODI". Cricinfo. Retrieved 27 November 2002.
  13. ^ "2003 World Cup in South Africa, Sri Lanka Squad". Cricinfo. Retrieved 9 February 2003.
  14. ^ "Fernando: 'We are not professional enough'". Cricinfo. Retrieved 30 October 2003.
  15. ^ "Back to the drawing board for Jehan". Cricinfo. Retrieved 29 June 2005.
  16. ^ "2006: Penalties imposed on players for breaches of ICC Code of Conduct". International Cricket Council. Archived from the original on 20 February 2007. Retrieved 30 January 2007.
  17. ^ "Cruising to a double whitewash". Retrieved 5 September 2007.
  18. ^ "Kenya v Sri Lanka". Cricinfo. Retrieved 14 September 2007.
  19. ^ "England in Sri Lanka ODI Series, 2007/08". Cricinfo. Retrieved 18 September 2007.
  20. ^ "Sri Lanka 1st Test Squad". Cricinfo. Retrieved 23 November 2007.
  21. ^ "Sri Lanka 2nd Test Squad". Cricinfo. Retrieved 7 December 2007.
  22. ^ "Mubarak's all-round show leads nine-wicket rout". Cricinfo. Retrieved 13 September 2008.
  23. ^ "Habib Group-Port city Cricket League (PCL) to starts on Saturday". Bangladesh Cricket. Archived from the original on 19 June 2009. Retrieved 29 May 2009.
  24. ^ "Jayawardene and Sangakarra bat on … and on". Cricinfo. Retrieved 22 December 2007.
  25. ^ "Mubarak: The Eternal Scapegoat". The Daily Mirror. Archived from the original on 12 April 2009. Retrieved 11 April 2009.
  26. ^ "Jehan Mubarak handles media with aplomb". The Hindu. Chennai, India. 7 October 2009. Archived from the original on 9 October 2009. Retrieved 7 October 2009.
  27. ^ "Rhodes sees Test role for Mubarak the fielder". Retrieved 4 June 2015.
  28. ^ "Mubarak back in Test squad for Pakistan series". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 11 March 2024.
  29. ^ "Sri Lanka vs Pakistan, 3rd Test, Pallekele, July 03 - 07, 2015". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 11 March 2024.
  30. ^ "Cricket Records | Records | Sri Lanka | Highest strike rates in an innings | ESPN Cricinfo". Cricinfo. Retrieved 25 February 2017.
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