Beleaguered former national skipper Mohammad Ashraful took a swipe at chief selector Minhajul Abedin for not providing him with enough opportunities in the just concluded Bangladesh Premier League (BPL), country’s lone franchise based Twennty20 tournament.
Ashraful, who returned to the BPL fold after serving a five-year ban for match-fixing in the second edition of the tournament, was hoping to give his best for his franchise Chittagong Vikings as the franchise decided to rope him despite there were no takers for Ashraful in the draft of the Bangladesh Cricket League, the franchise-based first-class tournament, as well as the Afghanistan Premier League.It looked to be a new dawn for the youngest Test centurion of the country as he believed that BPL would help him show that he is not finished yet.
However his aspirations to make himself count again was short lived after he was given a reality check in the tournament as his participation was limited to only three games where he managed to score 3, 22 and 0 runs.
According to an official closely associated with the franchise, Bangladesh chief selector Minhajul Abedin was largely responsible for the proceedings as he was the one who played a big part in formation of the squad to select the playing eleven of Vikings.
“BPL was not a good tournament for me,”’ Ashraful told reporters at BCB academy premises on Saturday.
“I was dropped after the second match in spite of scoring 22 runs which was disappointing for me. I would have done better if I had more chances in BPL,” he said.
Ashraful is looking forward to leave behind the disappointment of BPL by contributing for Mohammedan Sporting Club in the upcoming edition of Dhaka Premier Division Cricket League (DPL), country’s traditional Dhaka club based 50-over cricket tournament.Cricket Committee of Dhaka Metropolis decided to launch DPL T20 ahead of the one-day tournament from this season and Ashraful is looking forward to perform in the tournament which he failed to do in BPL.
“It is great to have a T20 tournament before the 50-over format. It is required to play a few matches to set-up a good combination. The main league will start from March 8. We have got a chance to play a few matches before the one-day tournament which is a really good chance for all of the teams,” said Ashraful.
The right handed batsman added that he does not believe he batted slowly in the last edition of DPL as many believed it was the major reason behind the five centuries that he scored. Despite his effort Kalabagan Krira Chakra were demoted from the DPL.
“I don’t think that (batted slowly in the last season) was the case. The earlier centuries that I have struck last year were good. Because I have played according to the match situation,” said Ashraful.
“I batted at a strike-rate 74 in last year. I will try to increase this. I am fitter this year than I was last season. I will try to play for my team. Everyone says that my performance did not influence the team result last year. In fact, it is not possible to make a big change with just a personal effort. We have a great team this year. I hope we will do better together,” he concluded.