Former captain Mohammad Ashraful, whose three-year ban for his involvement in corruption during the 2013 Bangladesh Premier League ended on Saturday, talked with the media following his arrival to the capital city.
Here are the excerpts:
How does it feel to become eligible for domestic cricket again?
Mohammad Ashraful: I am feeling relieved that I can play under the BCB and use its facilities. The last three years were quite tough. But I tried everything that I was allowed during this period. I trained for two years under Imran sir, and later went back to Ankur academy. I also trained in Banasree, where I live.
Are you fit?
MA: I didn’t want to go too far behind in my training. But then again it is difficult to stay fit on my own. I tried everything from my experience. If I am picked, I will be fit for BCL.
What are your plans about BCL, which starts September 20?
MA: Before leaving for the UK, I requested Akram bhai and Nannu bhai to keep me in the BCL if possible. I know that it might be tough on their part since only the best first-class players are selected in this competition.