‘We were keen to take Ashraful’ says Vikings owner
After serving five year long ban, former Bangladesh skipper Mohammad Ashraful has returned in the Bangladesh Premier League scenario. [বাংলায় পড়ুনঃ বিশ্বকাপের দলে ঠাঁই পাবে আশরাফুল বিশ্বাস ভাইকিংস কর্ণধারের]
The 34 year old was picked by Chittagong Vikings in the players draft held on Sunday at the Radisson Blu Water Garden.
Chittagong Vikings’ owner Abdul Wahed said they have had genuine interest taking Mohammad Ashraful in the team that they believed he (Ashraful) possessed skills to change a match condition.
“We were keen to get him as we believe he had learnt from the mistake and we need to provide him with a platform to perform,” Wahed told reporters after the draft session.
”Earlier we had picked Mohammad Amir once he was eligible to play after that fixing saga, and he returned back to the national set-up and we believe the same will happen to Ashraful as well,” he made the instance.
National team selector Minhajul Abedin Nannu who earlier pointed out to the lack of match fitness of Ashraful also nodded positively after Sunday’s players’ draft.
He said as quoted by Cricbuzz, “He obtained more than 11 in the beep test, and it suggests his improvement as far as his fitness is concerned.”
Mohammad Ashraful also participated in the draft for Afghanistan Premier League but no franchises picked him.
He was disgraced of match fixing scandals during the second season of the Bangladesh Premier League and later had been suspended for five years.