Mohammad Ashraful Sets Eyes on Bangladesh's Return

Mohammad Ashraful Sets Eyes on Bangladesh’s Return

Mohammad Ashraful, Bangladesh
Mohammad Ashraful. Credits: Peter Della Penna/ESPN.

Mohammad Ashraful is still carrying hopes of making it back to Bangladesh’s squad. Ashraful was banned for a period of five years for his role in spot-fixing and match-fixing in the 2013 edition of the Bangladesh Premier League.

In fact, Ashraful’s ban is going to uplift on 13 August 2018. Therefore, Bangladesh right-handed batsman is eligible to play competitive cricket at the International arena. Ashraful can also play in the BPL.

Mohammad Ashraful, Bangladesh
Mohammad Ashraful. Credits: Peter Della Penna/ESPN.

Meanwhile, Mohammad Ashraful was allowed to play in the domestic circuit of Bangladesh cricket last year. Therefore, Ashraful is happy to be making his comeback and said that he is waiting for this day for the last five years.

Ashraful said that playing again for his country will be his greatest achievement.

Ashraful eyes Bangladesh’s return.

“I have been waiting for August 13, 2018, for a long time now,” Ashraful told ESPNcricinfo. “It has been more than five years since the day I admitted my involvement. Although I have played domestic cricket in the last two seasons, there is now nothing preventing me from being eligible for national selection. Playing for Bangladesh again will be my greatest achievement.”

In fact, Mohammad Ashraful has made the most of his domestic season stint. The right-hander scored five List A centuries while playing in the Dhaka Premier League. Interestingly, Ashraful is the second batsman to achieve this feat in the List A tournament.

Mohammad Ashraful, Bangladesh
Mohammad Ashraful, (Photo credit should read JEKESAI NJIKIZANA/AFP/Getty Images)

Ashraful had a good domestic season.

Ashraful is hopeful that he can do better in the upcoming domestic seasons.

 “The first season after my return wasn’t great but I did well in the 2017-18 season. I hope to do even better in the coming seasons,” he said.

The right-handed batsman said that he is now available for selection. Furthermore, Ashraful confirmed that he has gone through a long training programmed to keep himself fit as a fiddle.

“Now I can be considered for selection through my performance. I have already gone through a month-long training programme and after August 15, I will go into pre-season training leading into the upcoming season’s National Cricket League.”