Ashraful eyes T20 return with APL

Staff Correspondent | Published: 00:05, Sep 05,2018

 
 

Former Bangladesh skipper Mohammad Ashraful

Former Bangladesh skipper Mohammad Ashraful could return to franchise-based Twenty20 competition with the forthcoming Afghanistan Premier League, the player said on Tuesday.
Ashraful, who completed his five-year ban from international cricket and franchise-based Twenty20 competition on August 13, said that organisers of the league have already communicated him for his inclusion in the players’ draft for the inaugural edition slated to begin on October 5.
‘This could be a big chance for me to prove my form and fitness if I get picked up by any franchise,’ Ashraful told New Age.
‘The organisers confirmed my inclusion in the draft. Now I am looking forward to the opportunity of playing in the competition,’ he added.
The inaugural edition of the league, which will consist of five franchises, is scheduled to be held from October 5 to October 23.
It will include both Afghan and foreign players.
Bangladesh national team players will not be available for the competition as they have a series against Zimbabwe scheduled during the period.
Ashraful was banned from cricket in 2013 after he pleaded guilty to match-fixing scandal in the second edition of Bangladesh Premier League.
His ban was partially lifted in 2016, making him available in the domestic first-class cricket and List-A tournaments.
But he had to wait for another two years to be eligible to play international cricket and franchise-based Twenty20 competition across the world.

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