Mashrafe Mortaza    AFP (File Photo)
Mashrafe Mortaza AFP (File Photo)

Bangladesh ODI skipper Mashrafe Mortaza is optimistic of returning back to the longest format of the game. Mortaza went through several surgeries on both the knees which forced him to only play limited overs.

I have the desire to bowl in white dress

“Every player has the passion to play Test cricket. Though I am 34 now, I still have that desire to bowl in white dress. Basically I have to take everything into consideration,” Mashrafe told Cricbuzz.

“So it is difficult to specify when I can make the comeback but surely I will try making an attempt if everything goes according to plan.

Mortaza played his last Test in 2009 but is confident about his fitness. His team Rangpur Riders lifted their maiden BPL title this year.

I have made substantial amount of progress

“I have made substantial amount of progress in my fitness and that is giving me the ray of hope. Now I want to improve on that fitness and see where it stands,” Mortaza said.

“Now if I can develop my fitness and after playing First-Class cricket I can make significant amount of progress, then why not make a Test comeback.”

BCB president Nazmul Hasan asked Mortaza if he is still considering to play Test in a home series against Sri Lanka. This was in a recent board meeting which included other captains and team management.