Mohammad Ashraful suffered three years for his part in Bangladesh Premier League match-fixing scandal. It seems he all but erased the pain in three weeks.
Ashraful, whose ban on playing in domestic cricket ended on August 13, became father on Sunday. His wife Anika Tasnim Orchi gave birth to their first daughter Areeba Tasnim Ashraful at Dhaka’s Square Hospital about 12:00am.
Ashraful got another good news on the same day as the Bangladesh Cricket Board announced to start its domestic season with the traditional first-class tournament National Cricket League (NCL) on September 25.
Despite his ban on playing in domestic cricket already ended, the 32-year-old former national captain was facing some uncertainties over his return to competitive cricket as BCB was left undecided about its domestic calendar.
They had initially planned to start the season with zonal-based first-class tournament Bangladesh Cricket League (BCL).
The Duleep Trophy-styled tournament was launched a few years ago to give country’s fringe cricketers more playing opportunities in longer version. Usually top 80 players of NCL are given a chance to represent four zones in BCL.
Ashraful was ineligible to play in BCL since he did not participate in the last NCL last season.
If the BCB had started the domestic season with BCL, Ashraful would have had to wait at least until December for making his competitive return as his ban on franchise-based Twenty20 tournament Bangladesh Premier League, scheduled in November, still remained in place.
But the BCB has now revised its domestic calendar, paving the way for Ashrfaul to return as early as in September.