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Ashraful eyes to end career as selector

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  • 5 June, 2023 12:00 AM
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Ashraful eyes to end career as selector

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The former Bangladesh captain Mohammad Ashraful said on Sunday that he is eyeing to take coaching as a career but wants to quit the game being a selector.

Ashraful recently completed a level-3 coaching course from the UAE and is looking forward to taking full-time cricket coaching after completing his career as a professional cricketer.

“I have the desire to become a selector. If I survive till the end, then maybe I’ll go for it because this job is for two or four years. It’s an honourable position. It’s not a job where I’ll be doing this for 10-12 years,” Ashraful told The Daily Sun adding that now he is focused on coaching and that is the reason he completed a level-3 coaching course.

“I will decide after playing in the upcoming National Cricket League when I will take coaching as a full-time job,” he said.

“I want to develop myself as a head coach. Actually, those who have level-3 coaching qualifications are eligible to become a head coach of a country. Under that, there is a batting coach and a fielding coach. I’m just at the beginning. I don’t have any separate demands of my own. When I become experienced, then maybe I can say what I want. In first-class cricket now, I might be able to handle the role of a head coach along with being a batting coach,” he said.

Ashraful added that if he is offered any role by Bangladesh Cricket Board he will go for it if that suits him.

“Of course, I will see if I can work if the board offers me any role,” he said.

“I will work or learn anything wherever I will get a chance, that’s my main objective. Whenever I will have experience,” he said.

Ashraful further added that the environment in the level-3 coaching course was good and he thanked former Bangladesh captain Aminul Islam Bulbul for helping him do the course.

“Environment was very good. It was very nice. Ross Taylor and Allan Campbell were there while there was Iqbal Sikander and Bulbul (Aminul) as well who were in charges and basically, they conduct level-3 coaching,” he said.

“They (this group) did level-3 in Pakistan three months ago. There were around 25-30 Test players including Mazbaul Haque, Taifiq Umar and Salman Butt,” he said.

“It was a very good experience,” he concluded.