I want to be a trendsetter: Ashraful
Mohammad Ashraful, who’s five-year ban from International cricket finished last month is eyeing a comeback through the upcoming Afghanistan Premier League (APL), which is set to begin on 5th October.
While attending a program organized by local fans, Ashraful said:
“I am looking forward to take part in the APL if any team chooses to pick me from the draft. I am expected to be placed in the draft. If I can manage to get a team, it will be exciting for me as the platform will help me to answer a lot of questions that is raised regarding my fitness and form in the recent times.”
Ashraful was handed an eight-year ban by a special anti-corruption tribunal set up by the board in July 2014. He was involved in match and spot-fixing in BPL 2013. After he appealed, the ban reduced to five years. And he now wants to train himself up and represent his country once again.
However, BCB chief selector Minhajul Abedin has already said it earlier that their is no place for the 34-year old batsman at the moment.
But, that didn’t rule out Ashraful’s hope to make a comeback for Bangladesh. Despite being 34 years old, he wants to play for 4 more years and become a trendsetter for the Tigers.
“It is true that in our country after the retirement of Suman [Habibul Bashar] and Rafique [Mohammad Rafique], there is hardly any instance of players playing for 37 to 38 years. But I want to be a trendsetter.
Mashrafe is still playing, that is very inspiring while if the batsmen cannot make a comeback it is because they are unable to perform extraordinarily I have spoken with BCB president Nazmul Hasan and the BCB CEO and they assured me if I can perform, the door of the national team is open for me.”