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Pilot in favour of Ashraful's BCL participation

After serving three years of ban from competitive cricket — let it be domestic or international cricket, Bangladesh’s first cricketing superstar Mohammad Ashraful has been freed to make return in domestic cricket from August 13. (নিউজটি বাংলায় পড়ূন) 

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Ashraful will have to wait for two more years to be eligible to take part in international cricket or BPL-like franchise cricket tournaments and foreign first-class competitions. However from now on, there is no bar on him to play in domestic cricket under BCB’s jurisdiction.

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Still there remains some controversies regarding Ashraful’s return to competitive cricket. The upcoming Bangladesh Cricket League (BCL) could be a perfect platform for the 32-year-old to resume competitive cricket career. But there are some people who don’t want Ashraful to be allowed to play in BCL, which will roll onto the ground from September 20.

A few days back, Bangladesh national cricket team’s head coach made his stance clear that he doesn’t want Ashraful in the BCL, rather he believes Ashraful should go through definite procedures before being considered for a high-profile tournament like BCL, where only 60-70 top cricketers of the country can feature.

But there are also some people who believe Ashraful should be given a chance to showcase his performance in the BCL. Former Bangladesh captain Khaled Mashud Pilot is one of them.

In a recent talk show programme aired on Channel 24 where Ashraful was present in person, the former wicketkeeper-batsman was connected live through phone-call and he said that he wants to see Ashraful in the forthcoming BCL.

First of all, Pilot wished Ashraful good luck for making his second innings as a cricketer. “My best wishes will always be there for Ashraful. Let him make a clean and fresh start,” said Pilot.

Then Pilot came to the main point saying, “Few days ago I came to know through news reports that Ashraful might not be considered for the BCL. But I don’t agree with such decision. Ashraful is an experienced player. He represented Bangladesh in international cricket for a long time. He knows how to perform. So I think he should be awarded a special consideration.”

Pilot also believes BCB should be more careful about Ashraful. Referring Ashraful as BCB’s family member, Pilot said, “Ashraful was a regular member of the national team. He is like a family member within BCB. But he wasn’t among cricket in last few years. So BCB should take special care of its family member.”

Pilot, who is now a coach in the domestic circuit and also runs a cricket academy, doesn’t agree with Bangladesh head coach Hathurusinghe’s philosophy, “I heard the head coach saying that Ashraful shouldn’t get chance to play BCL as players must go through certain disciplines.

“But you see, all 60/70 players featuring in BCL don’t deserve to don national colours. And here Ashraful’s situation is completely different. Besides his fitness should also be a vital issue, and BCB should seriously consider it. So overall my personal belief is that Ashraful deserves to play in BCL.”

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– Jannatul Naym Pieal, Correspondent, bdcricteam.com

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