It will be very tough for Mohammed Ashraful to make a national comeback: BCB Chief Selector
Also keeping in mind the level of form and fitness required, Ashraful would be expected to do an extra inch if he wants to make any kind of statement to the selectors
Updated - Aug 12, 2018 9:49 pm
Bangladesh cricketer Mohammed Ashraful was banned five years for his involvement in the spot-fixing during the Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) back in 2013. As the period is coming to an end, he is hopeful of a comeback in the international cricket. He has already been playing domestic cricket for the past couple of years.
The BCB Chief Selector Minhajul Abedin was stern in his words regarding the possibility of Ashraful’s comeback. He was clear that there was no place for him at the moment. Also keeping in mind the level of form and fitness required, Ashraful would be expected to do an extra inch if he wants to make any kind of statement to the selectors.
Let us see where he lands up
Mohammed Ashraful was regarded as the backbone of Bangladesh batting lineup in the early 2000s. However, now the batsman has been working hard to get back after completing his ban. While Mohammed Amir managed to return to the international arena after serving the ban for the same period as Ashraful, he had age by his side.
“There are several instances where we have seen players making a comeback after such suspension but he needs to perform exceptionally well because there are players who grabbed his place in the national team. Let him play in all the formats and let us see where he lands up eventually. But it will be very tough for him to make a comeback.” the chief selector was quoted as saying by Cricbuzz.
Representing Bangladesh again will be a dream come true
Ashraful has scored 6500 international runs which includes 9 scores of over 100. The 34-year-old is raring to return in national colours now that his ban is over. He asserted that it would be a dream come true for him if he’s selected for Bangladesh again. Ashraful further stated that he had crossed all the hurdles that prevented him from being ineligible for selection.
“Playing for Bangladesh again will be my biggest achievement and I was eagerly waiting for this day when I will be eligible to play again. 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,” he had said in hope.