Former Bangladesh skipper Mohammed Ashraful looks to be back in the frame of things for the national side after completing a five-year ban for match-fixing.
The 34-year-old batsman was suspended from playing international cricket in 2013 and fined 10 lakh Bangladeshi currency owing to his involvement in match-fixing in that year’s Bangladesh Premier League (BPL).
“I am feeling really nice as I was waiting for this day for the last five years. (I told myself) when August 13, 2018, came I would be available for the national team again,” Ashraful told a news agency in the UK.
“Over the last five years, I never felt I wouldn’t be able to come back. I never lacked this confidence. I always felt I would come back,” he added.
However, his return seems to be easier said than done. “At the moment there is no place for him in the national team,” Bangladesh Chief selector Minhajul Abedin told the reporters at Mirpur on Sunday.
“We maintain high standards of fitness for the national team, along with high performance and Bangladesh A team. To attain that level of fitness he needs to be given some time and only if he achieves it, we can think about him. But, as of now, we are not thinking about him anywhere,” he added.
He concluded by saying that Ashraful needs to play exceptionally well to make a comeback in the national team in any format of the game.