Mohammad Ashraful returning to cricket with BPL after match-fixing ban

Ashraful has played 61 Tests, 177 One-Day Internationals and 23 T20 Internationals for Bangladesh.

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Mohammad Ashraful is all set to return to action after a five-year ban, as former Bangladesh captain is all set to play for the Chittagong Vikings in the upcoming Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) 2019.

The 34-year-old batsman was banned for five-year for his involvement in the match-fixing scandal in the second edition of the BPL 2013, while his ban officially came to an end on August 13 this year, got the green signal to make himself available for selection in the national team and the BPL.

Ashraful had also participated in the draft for Afghanistan Premier League (APL), but failed to attract any franchise bids, but this time, he managed to grab eyeballs by Chittagong Vikings in the players draft for the upcoming edition of the BPL starting from January 5, 2019.

Ever since returning to competitive cricket after serving the ban, the right-hander scored five centuries in 13 matches and amassed 665 runs at an average of 66.50 in the Dhaka Premier League 2017-18.

Meanwhile, Ashraful’s presence will be a major boost for the Chittagong especially in the middle-order, which also have the services of Sikandar Raza, Luke Ronchi, Mushfiqur Rahim, Mohammad Shahzad, Mosaddek Hossain, Cameron Delport and Dasun Shanaka in the line-up.

Noteworthy, Ashraful has played 61 Tests, 177 One-Day Internationals and 23 T20 Internationals for Bangladesh, scoring 2737, 3468 and 450 runs respectively.

(Input: ESPNCricinfo)


By Rashmi Nanda - 29 Oct, 2018

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