Chief selector Minhajul Abedin on Sunday said that they would only consider Mohammad Ashraful for the Bangladesh team after looking over his performance and fitness in the next one year.
Ashraful’s five-year ban for playing international and franchise-based cricket ended on Sunday, paving the way for the 34-year old veteran to revive his career with the national team.
‘He is not playing at the international level for a while. So he has to play in all forms of domestic cricket,’ Minhajul told reporters in Mirpur.
‘We have to see his fitness whether it is good for playing international cricket or not. After one year of playing in all formats, we can have an idea over his fitness condition,’ he added.
Ashraful’s ban was partially lifted in 2016 making him eligible to play in domestic competitions.
He used the opportunity to the fullest to score five hundreds in the last edition of Dhaka Premier League in 13 matches.
However Minhajul revealed that there were no place for Ashraful in the current Bangladesh team and he needed to prove that he had no issues with his age and fitness.
‘If you ask me about the current team, I think he is not eligible for this team right now….It will take him some time to get into this place,’ he said, adding that age should not be a barrier for Ashraful.
‘Age is not a subject. If you got fitness for playing in international level, any of the players can come into the side,’ he said.
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