Mohammad Ashraful
Mohammad Ashraful

Ashraful eyes Bangladesh comeback after five-year ban

ANI | Updated: Aug 10, 2018 17:03 IST

London [UK], August 10 (ANI): Bangladesh">Bangladesh batsman Mohammad Ashraful, who was handed a five-year ban for his involvement in match-fixing and spot-fixing during Bangladesh">Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) 2013, has expressed hope of making a comeback.
The 34-year-old, whose punishment for the offence will end on August 13, said that he has been waiting for the day for quite long and asserted that making a comeback for his national side would be a great achievement for him.
"I have been waiting for August 13, 2018, for a long time now. 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," quoted Ashraful, as saying.
"Playing for Bangladesh">Bangladesh again will be my greatest achievement," he added.
In May 2013, Bangladesh">Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) had initiated an investigation in the spot-fixing and match-fixing charges that were levied against the batsman, following which he was indefinitely suspended from the team.
Later, Ashraful admitted to fixing charges and subsequently, he was handed over a ban of eight years by anti-corruption tribunal of BPL. The ban was later revised to five years following an appeal against the suspension by the batsman.
Reflecting on his future cricket plans, the right-hand batsman said that he has already gone through a month-long training and would now join the pre-season training ahead of the upcoming National Cricket League later in the year.
Ashraful has played a total of 178 one day matches for Bangladesh">Bangladesh and made 3468 runs with an average of 22.09, while in Tests he has scored 2737 runs with an average of 24.01 in 61 games. (ANI)