Disgraced Bangladesh batsman Mohammad Ashraful turned 29 on Sunday, but there were no celebrations to observe the former national captain’s special day.
Ashraful recently confessed to his involvement in match-fixing and was subsequently banned for an indefinite period by the Bangladesh Cricket Board.
On a day when most of the Bangladeshi national team cricketers were at their fitness training camp at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium, Ashraful, the enigmatic cricketer, let his birthday pass quietly at his Banasree residence, figuratively separated from the whole world.
With only a few people familiar with his new mobile phone number, birthday greetings were few and far between.
‘Not a lot of people know my new number, so the amount of birthday wishes has also been on the low side,’ Ashraful told New Age on Sunday.
The exile, however, has not stopped Ashraful from continuing his daily routine, which involves going to the gym and working on his fitness, just in case a highly unlikely call comes, asking him to re-join the national side.
‘I am not leaving anything to chance so I often go to the gym. If a call were to come, I would be ready fitness-wise,’ said Ashraful.
His last public appearance came during the wedding reception of his fellow countryman Tamim Iqbal at the Army Golf Club on June 27.
Other than that, Ashraful has lately spent most of his days in the comfort of his own home.
news source: NEW AGE