Shahriar Nafees

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Shahriar Nafees
Personal information
Full name Shahriar Nafees Ahmed
Born (1985-05-01) 1 May 1985 (age 29)
Dhaka, Bangladesh
Nickname Abir
Batting style Left-handed
Role Batsman
International information
National side
Test debut (cap 43) 12 September 2005 v Sri Lanka
Last Test 21 December 2011 v Pakistan
ODI debut (cap 76) 21 June 2005 v England
Last ODI 6 December 2011 v Pakistan
Domestic team information
Years Team
2005–present Barisal Division,
2008 Dhaka Warriors
2009/10 Barisal Blazers
2012 Barisal Burners
2013–present Khulna Royal Bengal
Career statistics
Competition Test ODI FC LA
Matches 24 75 61 112
Runs scored 1,267 2,201 3,615 3,031
Batting average 26.39 31.44 31.99 28.59
100s/50s 1/7 4/13 5/23 5/16
Top score 138 123* 138 147
Balls bowled 0 0 72 0
Wickets 0 0 0 0
Bowling average
5 wickets in innings 0
10 wickets in match 0
Best bowling
Catches/stumpings 19/– 13/– 39/– 29/–
Source: Cricinfo, 09 November 2013

Shahriar Nafees Ahmed (Bengali: শাহরিয়ার নাফীস আহমেদ) (born 1 May 1985) is a Bangladeshi cricketer. A left-handed opening batsman, he made his One Day International (ODI) debut for Bangladesh in 2005 against England, and later the same year played his first Test. In 2008 he joined the Indian Cricket League as part of the Dhaka Warriors. The members of the team were given 10-year bans by the Bangladesh Cricket Board which were lifted when they left the league. Nafees has since returned to the national team. Domestically he plays for Barisal Division.

Career[edit]

Nafees first played in the national team in Bangladesh's maiden tour of England (2005). Nafees scored his maiden first-class century, as well as his first in Tests, at Fatullah in April 2006 against Australia. He scored his maiden one-day hundred against Zimbabwe in August 2006. Nafees was appointed vice-captain for the Champions Trophy in India in October 2006 with the view of grooming a successor for Habibul Bashar. The tournament was a successful one for him as he scored his second ODI century, again Zimbabwe were his opponents. He scored his third century against Zimbabwe again in November. Nafees finished 2006 with over 1,000 ODI runs, becoming the first Bangladeshi to pass the milestone in a calendar year.[1] In June 2008 Nafees joined the unauthorised Indian Cricket League and was given a ten-year ban by the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) however he severed his ties with the league in September 2009 and was therefore available for national selection.

Once again available to play for Bangladesh, Nafees returned to the squad for the first time since joining the ICL in preparation for Bangladesh's home series against India in January.[2] Bangladesh lost both Tests,[3] and Nafees played in one, scoring 25 runs.[4] His Test come-back lasted one match and Nafees would have to wait more than 18 months before playing another Test.[5] He made his return in an ODI series against New Zealand in October 2010 in which he scored 35 as Bangladesh won that match and 73 in the next match as Bangladesh once again took a seven-wicket victory. Despite his good performance Nafees was originally selected on the grounds that Tamim Iqbal was injured and eventually made way for him in the series against Zimbabwe and he was placed on standby in case of an injury.[6] In the first two years after his return from the ICL Nafees played just four ODIs.[7]

Included in Bangladesh's squad for the 2011 World Cup,[7] Nafees played in two matches (scoring 42 runs) as the team exited the tournament in the group stage.[8] He was retained in the squad to face Australia in three ODIs immediately after the World Cup finished in April,[9] and struck two half-centuries that cemented his place in the side.[10] Nafees was recalled to the squad to face Zimbabwe in August.[11] In the one-off Test, his first since January 2010,[5] he made scores of 50 and 9 as Bangladesh unexpectedly slid to defeat.[12][13]

After scoring 82 runs including a half-century in the first Test against the West Indies in October,[14] Nafees endured a run of low scores across Tests and ODIs that jeopardised his place in the team. He responded by striking an innings of 97 against Pakistan in the second match of a two-Test series. The 180-run partnership was a landmark in several ways: it was record for Bangladesh's fifth wicket, the first time the team had batted through a whole session without losing a wicket since March 2010,[10] and the team's first century partnership in Tests since June 2010.[15]

The Bangladesh Cricket Board founded the six-team Bangladesh Premier League in 2012, a twenty20 tournament to be held in February that year. The BCB made Shahriar the 'icon player' for Barisal Burners.[16] Despite his status, Nafees played just five matches, scoring 38 runs.[17]

In the 2nd edition of BPL held in 2013, he joined Khulna Royal Bengals. He was selected as the captain of the team. He scored the maiden century in BPL 2. Before him, no other Bangladeshi player scored a century in the history of BPL.

Awards[edit]

International centuries[edit]

  • In the column Runs, * indicates being not out
  • The column title Match refers to the Match Number of the player's career
Test centuries by Shahriar Nafees
Runs Match Against City/Country Venue Year
[1] 138 5  Australia Fatullah, Bangladesh Narayanganj Osmani Stadium 2006
One Day International centuries by Shahriar Nafees
Runs Match Against City/Country Venue Year
[1] 118* 22  Zimbabwe Harare, Zimbabwe Harare Sports Club 2006
[2] 123* 28  Zimbabwe Jaipur, India Sawai Mansingh Stadium 2006
[3] 105* 29  Zimbabwe Khulna, Bangladesh Khulna Divisional Stadium 2006
[4] 104* 40  Bermuda St. John's, Antigua Antigua Recreation Ground 2007

References[edit]

  1. ^ Tigers scotch Scots as Mashrafee becomes year's top wicket-taker, bdnews24.com, 15 December 2006, retrieved 24 February 2011 
  2. ^ Shafiul Islam included for India Tests, Cricinfo, 11 January 2010, retrieved 17 December 2011 
  3. ^ Premachandran, Dileep (27 January 2010), Zaheer burst sets up 2–0 victory, Cricinfo, retrieved 17 December 2011 
  4. ^ Records / India in Bangladesh Test Series, 2009/10 / Most runs, Cricinfo, retrieved 17 December 2011 
  5. ^ a b Test matches played by Shahriar Nafees, Shahriar Nafees, retrieved 17 December 2011 
  6. ^ Nafees out for Iqbal as Shakib is retained as captain for Zimbabwe series, Cricinfo, 28 November 2010, retrieved 28 November 2010 
  7. ^ a b 'Reaching quarters not difficult' – Shakib, Cricinfo, 8 February 2011, retrieved 17 December 2011 
  8. ^ Batting and fielding in ICC World Cup 2010/11 (ordered by runs), CricketArchive, retrieved 17 December 2011 
  9. ^ Mortaza returns, Ashraful axed for Australia ODIs, Cricinfo, 28 March 2011, retrieved 17 December 2011 
  10. ^ a b Isam, Mohammad (17 December 2011), Nafees responds to pressure, Cricinfo, retrieved 17 December 2011 
  11. ^ Uncapped Nasir, Shuvagoto in squad for Zimbabwe, Cricinfo, 15 July 2011, retrieved 17 December 2011 
  12. ^ Bangladesh in Zimbabwe Test Match: Zimbabwe v Bangladesh, Cricinfo, retrieved 2011-08-09 
  13. ^ Bangladesh board to evaluate loss in Zimbabwe, Cricinfo, 30 August 2011, retrieved 17 December 2011 
  14. ^ f53438 t2010 Bangladesh v West Indies: West Indies in Bangladesh 2011/12 (1st Test), CricketArchvie, retrieved 17 December 2011 
  15. ^ Purohit, Abhishek (17 December 2011), "Shakib, Nafees rescue Bangladesh", espncricinfo.com (Cricinfo), retrieved 17 December 2011 
  16. ^ Engineer, Tariq (28 December 2011), Bangladesh Premier League to begin on February 9, Cricinfo, retrieved 2012-03-05 
  17. ^ Bangladesh Premier League, 2011/12 / Records / Most runs, Cricinfo, retrieved 2012-03-06 

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