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Shahriar Nafees

Shahriar Nafees Ahmed (Bengali: শাহরিয়ার নাফীস আহমেদ) (born 1 May 1985) is a Bangladeshi cricketer, who plays all formats of the game and also a former Twenty20 International (T20I) captain for Bangladesh. 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 (ICL) 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.

International career

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 the first Bangladeshi batsman to score a century in Champions Trophy history[1] and he held the record for the highest individual score for Bangladesh in Champions Trophy until Tamim Iqbal surpassed his milestone[2]

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.[3]

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.[4] Bangladesh lost both Tests,[5] and Nafees played in one, scoring 25 runs.[6] His Test come-back lasted one match and Nafees would have to wait more than 18 months before playing another Test.[7] 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.[8] In the first two years after his return from the ICL Nafees played just four ODIs.[9]

Included in Bangladesh's squad for the 2011 World Cup,[9] Nafees played in two matches (scoring 42 runs) as the team exited the tournament in the group stage.[10] He was retained in the squad to face Australia in three ODIs immediately after the World Cup finished in April,[11] and struck two half-centuries that cemented his place in the side.[12] Nafees was recalled to the squad to face Zimbabwe in August.[13] In the one-off Test, his first since January 2010,[7] he made scores of 50 and 9 as Bangladesh unexpectedly slid to defeat.[14][15]

After scoring 82 runs including a half-century in the first Test against the West Indies in October,[16] 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,[12] and the team's first century partnership in Tests since June 2010.[17]


He was the first T20I captain for Bangladesh[18] and also he's the youngest T20I captain for Bangladesh at the age of 21 years and 211 days and he's 2nd only youngest to lead his team in T20I after Rodney Trott[19]

Domestic career

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.

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.[20] Despite his status, Nafees played just five matches, scoring 38 runs.[21]

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.

He was the leading run-scorer for Agrani Bank Cricket Club in the 2017–18 Dhaka Premier Division Cricket League, with 550 runs in 13 matches.[22]



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  2. ^ "Highlights ICC Champions Trophy 2017, England vs Bangladesh, cricket score and updates: Hosts win by 8 wickets". Firstpost. 1 June 2017. Retrieved 2 June 2017.
  3. ^ Tigers scotch Scots as Mashrafee becomes year's top wicket-taker,, 15 December 2006, archived from the original on 7 July 2011, retrieved 24 February 2011
  4. ^ Shafiul Islam included for India Tests, Cricinfo, 11 January 2010, retrieved 17 December 2011
  5. ^ Premachandran, Dileep (27 January 2010), Zaheer burst sets up 2–0 victory, Cricinfo, retrieved 17 December 2011
  6. ^ Records / India in Bangladesh Test Series, 2009/10 / Most runs, Cricinfo, retrieved 17 December 2011
  7. ^ a b Test matches played by Shahriar Nafees, Shahriar Nafees, retrieved 17 December 2011
  8. ^ Nafees out for Iqbal as Shakib is retained as captain for Zimbabwe series, Cricinfo, 28 November 2010, retrieved 28 November 2010
  9. ^ a b 'Reaching quarters not difficult' – Shakib, Cricinfo, 8 February 2011, retrieved 17 December 2011
  10. ^ Batting and fielding in ICC World Cup 2010/11 (ordered by runs), CricketArchive, retrieved 17 December 2011
  11. ^ Mortaza returns, Ashraful axed for Australia ODIs, Cricinfo, 28 March 2011, retrieved 17 December 2011
  12. ^ a b Isam, Mohammad (17 December 2011), Nafees responds to pressure, Cricinfo, retrieved 17 December 2011
  13. ^ Uncapped Nasir, Shuvagoto in squad for Zimbabwe, Cricinfo, 15 July 2011, retrieved 17 December 2011
  14. ^ Bangladesh in Zimbabwe Test Match: Zimbabwe v Bangladesh, Cricinfo, retrieved 9 August 2011
  15. ^ Bangladesh board to evaluate loss in Zimbabwe, Cricinfo, 30 August 2011, retrieved 17 December 2011
  16. ^ f53438 t2010 Bangladesh v West Indies: West Indies in Bangladesh 2011/12 (1st Test), CricketArchvie, retrieved 17 December 2011
  17. ^ Purohit, Abhishek (17 December 2011), "Shakib, Nafees rescue Bangladesh",, Cricinfo, retrieved 17 December 2011
  18. ^ "Cricket Records | Records | Bangladesh | Twenty20 Internationals | List of captains | ESPN Cricinfo". Cricinfo. Retrieved 30 March 2017.
  19. ^ "Records | Twenty20 Internationals | Individual records (captains, players, umpires) | Youngest captains | ESPN Cricinfo". Cricinfo. Retrieved 30 March 2017.
  20. ^ Engineer, Tariq (28 December 2011), Bangladesh Premier League to begin on February 9, Cricinfo, retrieved 5 March 2012
  21. ^ Bangladesh Premier League, 2011/12 / Records / Most runs, Cricinfo, retrieved 6 March 2012
  22. ^ "Dhaka Premier Division Cricket League, 2017/18: Agrani Bank Cricket Club". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 5 April 2018.

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