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Stranded Mosharraf surprised by call-up

  • Published at 12:49 pm August 31st, 2016
  • Last updated at 01:12 pm August 31st, 2016
Stranded Mosharraf surprised by call-up
The surprise call of all-rounder Mosharraf Hossain Rubel in Bangladesh's preliminary camp for the England series has boosted his confidence after he had been shunned for years. It has put him in the door step as he could reappear in the national colours in Bangladesh’s next one-day international series, against Afghanistan later this month. He has already started training, and the inclusion is giving him thin hope of a revival of his international career which had dimmed since his appearance in the rebel Indian Cricket League Twenty20 2008, and latterly with allegations of match fixing in the 2013 Bangladesh Premier League. Mosharraf joined the ICL in 2008, the same year he played his three ODIs for Bangladesh. It initially closed doors to the Bangladesh team but when he and his Dhaka Warriors teammates were pardoned by the Bangladesh Cricket Board, he still remained out of favour. He remained a regular performer in the domestic scene, nearly always among the top five batsmen and bowlers at the end of first-class and one-day competitions. He had also won the man-of-the-match award in the 2013 BPL final. “I was surprised with the call, very surprised. I was in Kolkata with my wife when I got the call from a friend. He told me that the selectors want me to join the camp as early as possible. There was no flight available so I travelled by road at night, crossed the border, took the first flight from Jessore to Dhaka in the morning (of August 28) and reported to the camp in the afternoon,” Mosharraf told Dhaka Tribune on Wednesday. The Bangladesh think-tank are searching for a left-arm spinner to partner Shakib al Hasan, and luck favoured Mosharraf after former India spinner Venkatapathy Raju, who ran a spin bowling camp with the BCB Academy last month, had apparently given a positive report on Mosharraf and this convinced head coach Chandika Hathurusingha, in the absence of Arafat Sunny who is giving his bowling action test next Thursday. The occasion is bigger for the cricketer given the trouble he had to deal with after his name got involved with the BPL fixing scandal from the second edition of the tournament which had got Mohammad Ashraful banned. Following a series of legal tussle, Mosharraf got his name cleared and made a return to the field. “The feeling is great if you ask me and this has boosted my confidence. I have performed regularly in the domestic tournament with only one intention, to grab a spot in the national team. Now that it has come, I hope to make the best use of it. I am confident and looking forward to the journey ahead,” Mosharraf said. Despite regular performances in the Dhaka Premier League, National Cricket League and BPL, Mosharraf had missed a call from the national dressing room.
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