After almost eight months, former Bangladesh skipper Mashrafe Bin Mortaza returned to the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur yesterday. The pacer, who is recovering from a hamstring injury sustained during an individual training session in October, went straight to the nets at the Bangladesh Cricket Board's Academy ground. After bowling for around 25 minutes, Mashrafe joined a running session accompanied by trainer Tushar Kanti Howladar. Players from Gazi Group Chattogram and Fortune Barishal were also training at the Academy ground at the time and took the chance to chat with the inspirational cricketer. Mashrafe is not part of the bio-secure bubble that the BCB created for the ongoing Bangabandhu T20 Cup and, realising the situation, he asked his colleagues to maintain social distancing. There were rumours that the 37-year-old might join Chattogram as a replacement for Bangladesh Test skipper Mominul Haque, who was ruled out of the tournament due to a fracture to his right thumb. Mashrafe last played an international game against Zimbabwe in March this year, when he also decided to give up captaincy. The pacer played his last competitive game on March 16 for Sheikh Jamal in the first round of the Dhaka Premier League, which had been suspended due to the pandemic.