Nafees Iqbal

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Nafees Iqbal
Personal information
Full name
Mohammad Nafees Iqbal Khan
Born (1985-01-31) 31 January 1985 (age 38)
Chittagong, Bangladesh
BowlingRight-arm medium
International information
National side
Test debut (cap 38)19 October 2004 v New Zealand
Last Test8 March 2006 v Sri Lanka
ODI debut (cap 70)7 November 2003 v England
Last ODI18 June 2005 v Australia
ODI shirt no.95
Domestic team information
Khelaghar Samaj Kallyan Samity
Career statistics
Competition Test ODI
Matches 11 16
Runs scored 518 309
Batting average 23.54 19.31
100s/50s 1/2 0/2
Top score 121 58
Catches/stumpings 2/– 2/–
Source: CricInfo, 8 May 2022

Mohammad Nafees Iqbal Khan (Bengali: মোহাম্মদ নাফিস ইকবাল খান; born 31 January 1985), better known as Nafees Iqbal, is a former Bangladeshi international cricketer.[1] He played as a right-handed opening batsman, and was a part-time right-arm medium pace bowler.[2]


Nafees Iqbal Khan was born to footballer Iqbal Khan and mother Nusrat Iqbal Khan, in the port city of Chittagong. His paternal Khan family is a prestigious family in the city, migrated from Bihar.[3][4] Nafees Iqbal is the elder brother of Tamim Iqbal and the nephew of former Bangladesh captain Akram Khan, who both played Test cricket for Bangladesh.[5]


He represented Bangladesh U19 team in youth level and captained the national side at the 2002 Under-19 Cricket World Cup.[6]

He rose to limelight and prominence after scoring a hundred (118 off 168 balls) for Bangladesh A against the touring England team in 2003–04 and he was disparaging towards the England spinners which he faced, commenting their spinners as "ordinary".[7][8] His comments drew more press attention than his batting.[9] He also played for Bangladesh during the 2004 ICC Champions Trophy.[10]

His only Test century came in January 2005, one which aided Bangladesh towards their first-ever series victory, 1–0 against Zimbabwe.[11][12] However he couldn't achieve better milestones like his brother Tamim Iqbal during his short playing career and was dropped from the national team in 2006 following a string of poor scores.[13] His last international match came in April 2006 which was a test match against Australia. In 2020, one of the friends of Nafees Iqbal revealed that Tamim Iqbal's success was primarily due to the sacrifice of his older brother Nafees.[14][15]

In 2016, he was appointed as team manager of Khulna Titans in the Bangladesh Premier League.[16] Nafees was recruited in by the management team of the Mumbai Indians for the 2018 Indian Premier League season as a translator for his fellow Bangladeshi seamer Mustafizur Rahman.[17][18][19] His role as a translator was also credited in the 2019 Netflix original webseries Cricket Fever: Mumbai Indians.[20]

Personal life[edit]

He is the elder brother of cricketer Tamim Iqbal and the nephew of former cricketer Akram Khan. On 20 June 2020, he was reportedly tested positive for COVID-19 and has been kept in self isolation at his residence in Chittagong.[needs update][21][22][23]


  1. ^ "Nafees Iqbal Profile - ICC Ranking, Age, Career Info & Stats". Cricbuzz. Retrieved 20 June 2020.
  2. ^ "Nafees Iqbal". ESPNCricinfo. Retrieved 20 June 2020.
  3. ^ Koshie, Nihal (22 March 2012). "A people's opener: Tamim gifts iPhones, bikes". The Indian Express. Retrieved 16 December 2012.
  4. ^ Kumar, K. C. Vijaya (21 March 2012). "Bangladesh on the threshold of a historic triumph". The Hindu. ISSN 0971-751X. Retrieved 20 November 2017.
  5. ^ Isam, Mohammad. "The Khans of Chittagong". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 16 December 2012.
  6. ^ "Bangladesh Squad declared for ICC Under-19 world cup 2002". ESPN. 7 January 2002. Retrieved 20 June 2020.
  7. ^ "Did Nafees Iqbal actually term England spinners ordinary?". Dhaka Tribune. 24 April 2020. Retrieved 20 June 2020.
  8. ^ Davies, Interview by Gareth A. (23 May 2005). "My Sport: Nafees Iqbal". The Daily Telegraph. ISSN 0307-1235. Retrieved 20 June 2020.
  9. ^ Weaver, Paul (16 October 2003). "Nafis wrings England spinners". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 20 June 2020.
  10. ^ "Squads for ICC Champions Trophy 2004". Retrieved 20 June 2020.
  11. ^ "10th January 2005: A first for Bangladesh in the longest format". Hindustan Times. 10 January 2019. Retrieved 20 June 2020.
  12. ^ "Iqbal hundred seals series win |". Retrieved 20 June 2020.
  13. ^ "Nafees Iqbal dropped for Sri Lanka series |". Retrieved 20 June 2020.
  14. ^ "A peoples opener: Tamim gifts iPhones, bikes - Indian Express". Retrieved 20 June 2020.
  15. ^ "Tamim's success rooted in brotherly love". The Daily Star. 5 May 2020. Retrieved 20 June 2020.
  16. ^ "Nafees Iqbal: I still have plenty to offer as player". Dhaka Tribune. 4 March 2017. Retrieved 20 June 2020.
  17. ^ "I got a lot of respect there: Mumbai Indians' inside story in Nafees's words". BDCricTime. 3 June 2020. Retrieved 20 June 2020.
  18. ^ "IPL 2018: Nafees Iqbal to Help Mustafizur Rahman With English Translation in Mumbai Indians Camp | 🏏 LatestLY". LatestLY. 3 April 2018. Retrieved 20 June 2020.
  19. ^ "Nafees joins Mumbai to help out Mustafizur". The Daily Star. 3 April 2018. Retrieved 20 June 2020.
  20. ^ Mukherjee, Shubro. "Bangladesh's Nafees Iqbal describes how he managed to bond with Rohit Sharma's wife during IPL games". Retrieved 20 June 2020.
  21. ^ "Former Bangladesh cricketer Nafees Iqbal tests positive for COVID-19". Hindustan Times. 20 June 2020. Retrieved 20 June 2020.
  22. ^ "Nafees Iqbal tests positive for coronavirus". The Daily Star. 20 June 2020. Retrieved 20 June 2020.
  23. ^ "Former Bangladesh cricketer Nafees Iqbal tests positive for COVID-19". The New Indian Express. Retrieved 20 June 2020.

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