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“We saw Mashrafe started training. So, we’ve shown our interest to rope him in. I think Mashrafe is the kind of player who is expected by every team. But everything depends on his personal call, and at the same time, we’ve to take the decision of the board as well,” Nafis told the media.

It’s still not clear whether any other team of Bangabandhu T20 Cup has showed interest for the same. As per the by-laws of this event, any team can rope in any player who is not listed in the players draft.

“Since Mashrafe wasn’t listed in the draft, any team can take him in their squad. Every team has the same right. But it depends on Mashrafe’s call and the combination of the teams. We just showed our interest. Now the matter depends on Mashrafe and the board,” Nafis added.

On paper, Khulna is the strongest team in the competition as they have all-rounders like Mahmudullah Riyad and Shakib Al Hasan.

The team have played four games in the event so far and their success rate is only 50 per cent. Both Mahmudullah and Shakib are yet to come up with the performance expected to them. Khulna will take on Fortune Barishal in the next game on 4 December.

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