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"Despite having a good start at the event, we lost three matches in a row. So it'll be very inspiring for us if we can ensure the service of Mashrafe," he added.

The selectors of Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) had opted not to include Mashrafe's name in the players draft due to concern over his fitness. But the former Bangladesh captain and current lawmaker came to the discussion when he started practice last week.

"We had a big plan with Saifuddin. But the plan was disturbed as he suffered a blow on his leg and ruled out temporarily. We have struggled in our bowling department. If we can secure his service, it'll surely boost our confidence," Hannan further told the media.

Hannan also hinted that if they can secure Mashrafe's service in the event, they'll offer him the captaincy as well. If everything goes as planned, the final decision will be taken by Mashrafe himself, Hanan told the media.

Mashrafe played his last competitive cricket back in March in the Dhaka Premier Division Cricket League. He had been out of any cricketing activities since.

Rajshahi have played five matches in the event so far and won two of them. With four points from five games, they are placed at number three on the points table.

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