Ashraful looks like 18 years old
Back in 2001, a 17-year-old prodigy had displayed his precocious talent by scoring a century on Test debut for Bangladesh. More than 18 years have passed by, and he is still looking like an 18 years old. He is Mohammad Ashraful, the very first superstar of Bangladesh cricket.
Ashraful has surprised everyone once again, this time by working hard on his fitness and reducing weight. The cricketer who last played for Bangladesh national side in May 2013 and was banned by the International Cricket Council (ICC) thereafter for his involvement in spot fixing, still dreams of playing for Bangladesh in the international arena. And to make the dream come true, he is looking to make one last attempt.
“I dream I will once again play in Bangladesh team. I dream of playing Test cricket. And I think fitness is very important for the dream to make happen. So I am making one last attempt,” Ashraful told BDCricTime in an exclusive interview.
He also added, “This is also a matter of great self satisfaction if I can keep up such fitness. Batsmen of my height can play on for a long time. Ashraful did it. As I am a batsman, I think I can also keep playing on if I continue to perform and have this kind of fitness.”
To be noted, Ashraful’s score in the beep test ahead of the Bangladesh Cricket League (BCL) was 11.11. This was way ahead of many regular faces of the national team. He will play for Islami Bank East Zone in the BCL, which is slated to roll onto the ground from January 31.
While taling to BDCricTime in the interview, Ashraful also shared his personal experiences and feelings that he had to go through while being away from cricket.
“I always remember those days. You can not make a good comeback and get something good for yourself if you do not remember your past. I always remember my past, how I grew up. Thanks to the mercy of Allah, I still have the same level of strength like before. I have also reduced the extra fats I had gained,” said Ashraful.
Ashraful shared the secrets of his being so fit, “Previously I used my car or took a rickshaw to go somewhere. But now I am trying to walk as much as possible.” This strategy really worked, as Ashraful lost 12 kg weight in just 50 days.
“My mother became very tensed. She thought I was becoming very skinny for not eating rice. My wife too was astonished, because I have never been this fit since marriage. But this has been the best beep test of my career. It was never easy [to achieve].
“Now I eat two white eggs, nuts, dates in the morning before going to practice. I mostly eat vegetables in lunch. Besides I also eat fish and chicken occasionally. I go to the gym in the afternoon. Again I eat vegetables and fish in dinner,” said Ahsraful of his daily diet.