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Disgraced former Bangladesh captain Mohammad Ashraful said on Wednesday that he was looking to play well in the forthcoming Bangladesh Premier League to redeem his match-fixing scandal.


Ashraful will be playing for Chittagong Vikings in the sixth edition of the Twenty20 tournament nearly six years after his match-fixing scandal threw the competition in complete disarray. A special tribunal set up by Bangladesh Cricket Board in 2014 had banned Ashraful for eight years and also fined him Tk 10 lakh after he confessed to have involved in match-fixing and spot-fixing during the second edition of the t

Ashraful will be playing for Chittagong Vikings in the sixth edition of the Twenty20 tournament nearly six years after his match-fixing scandal threw the competition in complete disarray.
A special tribunal set up by Bangladesh Cricket Board in 2014 had banned Ashraful for eight years and also fined him Tk 10 lakh after he confessed to have involved in match-fixing and spot-fixing during the second edition of the tournament in 2013.
His ban, which came into effect on August 13, 2013, was later reduced to five years after he appealed against the verdict of the tribunal.
The BCB partially lifted his ban in 2016, allowing him to play domestic first-class and List-A cricket but he was still suspended from international and franchise-based Twenty20 cricket for another two years.
’I got the punishment for my misdeed. I was out of this format for five years nine months. I confessed my guilt and paid my price. Now my fans, who were waiting to see if I can return, I will try to play well at least for them,’ said a remorseful Ashraful after his first training session with Chittagong.
’If I can make a comeback, this will be also an example for our cricket. After long gap, coming back with good performance will be challenging,’ said the former skipper, who played 61 Tests and 177 one-day internationals along with 23 Twenty20 internationals.
Ashraful became eligible for national team selection and Twenty20 cricket only on August 13 this year, but a dip in his performance in the National Cricket League made his comeback in BPL uncertain.
He was finally picked by Chittagong in the players’ draft and Ashraful showed signs of regaining his form in the franchise-based first-class tournament Bangladesh Cricket League.
He was initially ignored by the teams for the tournament before being included by Islami Bank East Zone, whom he had repaid with 323 runs in four matches at an average of 58.83.
The former skipper said he put special emphasis on BPL as this was going to be his first televised match since comeback from match-fixing ban.
’Last two years I played first-class cricket and Dhaka Premier League, but they were not televised. BPL is an international standard tournament. I am feeling lucky to play here,’ he said.
’I would like to thank Chittagong Vikings for picking me. Since I know the game and I have the experience, I would love to do well if I get chance,’ added Ashraful.
The 35-year right-hander, however, acknowledged that it would not be easy for him to excel in BPL the way he did in the past.
’Of course it’s a challenge. As I already said that it’s an international standard tournament, and playing well here got counted. Since I have the experience, played international cricket for 13 years and first two BPLs, was part of winning team, played well. I will try to play well for Vikings,’ he said.

 

ournament in 2013. His ban, which came into effect on August 13, 2013, was later reduced to five years after he appealed against the verdict of the tribunal. The BCB partially lifted his ban in 2016, allowing him to play domestic first-class and List-A cricket but he was still suspended from international and franchise-based Twenty20 cricket for another two years. ’I got the punishment for my misdeed. I was out of this format for five years nine months. I confessed my guilt and paid my price. Now my fans, who were waiting to see if I can return, I will try to play well at least for them,’ said a remorseful Ashraful after his first training session with Chittagong. ’If I can make a comeback, this will be also an example for our cricket. After long gap, coming back with good performance will be challenging,’ said the former skipper, who played 61 Tests and 177 one-day internationals along with 23 Twenty20 internationals. Ashraful became eligible for national team selection and Twenty20 cricket only on August 13 this year, but a dip in his performance in the National Cricket League made his comeback in BPL uncertain. He was finally picked by Chittagong in the players’ draft and Ashraful showed signs of regaining his form in the franchise-based first-class tournament Bangladesh Cricket League. He was initially ignored by the teams for the tournament before being included by Islami Bank East Zone, whom he had repaid with 323 runs in four matches at an average of 58.83. The former skipper said he put special emphasis on BPL as this was going to be his first televised match since comeback from match-fixing ban. ’Last two years I played first-class cricket and Dhaka Premier League, but they were not televised. BPL is an international standard tournament. I am feeling lucky to play here,’ he said. ’I would like to thank Chittagong Vikings for picking me. Since I know the game and I have the experience, I would love to do well if I get chance,’ added Ashraful. The 35-year right-hander, however, acknowledged that it would not be easy for him to excel in BPL the way he did in the past. ’Of course it’s a challenge. As I already said that it’s an international standard tournament, and playing well here got counted. Since I have the experience, played international cricket for 13 years and first two BPLs, was part of winning team, played well. I will try to play well for Vikings,’ he said.

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