File image of Mohammad Ashraful. Reuters

Dhaka: Former Bangladesh captain Mohammad Ashraful stated on Monday that has set his sights on a comeback with the nationwide facet after his five-year ban for match-fixing ended.

“I’m feeling very nice as I used to be ready for today for the final 5 years. (I instructed myself) when August 13, 2018, got here I’d be out there for the nationwide staff once more,” Ashraful instructed AFP from Britain.

“During the last 5 years, I by no means felt I would not be capable to come again. I by no means lacked this confidence. I all the time felt I’d come again,” he stated.

File picture of Mohammad Ashraful. Reuters

Ashraful was fined and banned for eight years – minimize on enchantment to 5 – in 2014 for match and spot-fixing throughout a T20 event in Bangladesh in 2013.

The Bangladesh Cricket Board partially lifted his ban in 2016, permitting him to play home first-class and Listing A cricket.

However he was nonetheless suspended from worldwide and franchise-based Twenty20 cricket for an additional two years.

Ashraful, who turned 34 in July, confirmed a glimpse of his expertise in home 50-over Dhaka Premier League competitors final 12 months when he scored 5 centuries in 13 matches to build up 665 runs at a mean of 66.50.

Bangladesh chief selector Minhajul Abedin instructed reporters in Dhaka on Sunday nonetheless that Ashraful should show his kind and health.

Ashraful, who performed 61 Checks, 177 one-day internationals and 23 Twenty20 internationals, acknowledged he has a tricky street forward to revive his worldwide profession.

“In fact it is going to be robust to get an opportunity within the Bangladesh staff,” he stated.

“Nonetheless, I believe if I can carry out. There’s loads of room for me to serve Bangladesh staff. That is what I imagine,” stated Ashraful.

He stated he believed he would face little downside within the dressing room if he was picked once more since he all the time maintained a very good relationship together with his former team-mates.

Bangladesh final week accomplished a T20 collection victory over the West Indies in Florida.

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