Former Bangladesh skipper Mohammad Ashraful returns back to Bangladesh Premier League after serving his five-year ban for match-fixing in the second edition of the tournament, reports Cricbuzz.
Ashraful, 34, was snapped by Chittagong Vikings in the players draft for the upcoming edition of the tournament. Ashraful had also participated in the draft for Afghanistan Premier League but failed to attract any franchise bids.
The decision behind picking Mohammad Ashraful was a bit of a surprise, considering the Vikings management had the opportunity of taking inputs from national chief selector Minhajul Abedin, who earlier opined that Ashraful had a long way to go as far as his playing in the national team was concerned, pointing to his lack of match fitness. Minhajul, though, took a U-turn saying that Ashraful had improved his fitness.
”He obtained more than 11 in the beep test, and it suggests his improvement as far as his fitness is concerned,” Minhajul told Cricbuzz.
Vikings owner Abdul Wahed cleared the air regarding Ashraful, saying the franchise was keen to take him as it believed Ashraful possessed his match-changing abilities. “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.”