In the year of 2005 when Shahriar Nafees made his debut in the national team, he turned himself to be one of the most comprehensive players of the team within a very short period. He scored 1033 runs in 2006 which is the highest score made by any Bangladeshi batsman in a calendar year. Shahriar Nafees knocked 138 runs against Australia’s severe pace attack in Fatullah test in that season. He scored 67 runs off Shane Warne’s 56 balls, throwing him outside the boundary for ten times.
But the fairy tale seemed come to an end in 2007 World Cup. Bitter bad performance in the cricket’s greatest tournament, irregularities threw him out of the national squad and for adding burden to that he scandalized himself by joining in the controversial ICL.
When asked how does he explain his career in short, Shahriar Nafees pondered over and said, “The beginning was wonderful, then my rhythm was disheveled. There were lot more to expect after that type of beginning of the career- there is lot more to achieve, lot more to come-“.
It is Shahriar Nafees’s realization – “Before that I had not experienced any struggle in my life. From the age group level to the first two years of the national team, it was all soothing for me. So, when I started struggling for the first time, I could not hold myself high. Unfortunately I even didn’t get the support that I needed that time. It was unwise to judge me by the performance of a single tournament (2007 world cup). I might deserve a little more opportunities and support.”
Before he participated in ICL, he was the highest run getter in Test and ODI for Bangladesh- 810 runs in 15 tests with 1 century and 4 half centuries; in ODI’ it was 1857 runs in 60 innings with 4 centuries and 10 fifties.
But after his departure from ICL, Bangladesh have never found that blasting Shahriar Nafees Nafees. In three years of time span, he scored 467 runs in 9 tests and a paltry 344 runs in 15 ODIs with 3 fifties.
Shahriar Nafees blamed the selectors in this occasion, “After the 2007 World Cup I didn’t receive any constant opportunity to play. I couldn’t even pass any single series freely. There’s always a tension keep running through my head that I would have been dropped from the team any time.” But he acknowledged that he should have scored more runs in test cricket.
Shahriar Nafees puzzled over the solution, ‘I need several consecutive good innings. If I will be able to do that, I’ll regain my confidence and the selectors will also have some faith upon me.” He showed his confidence level by saying, “why not? I can show you an example. I was the captain of the first T20 Bangladesh played in 2006. Since then I never had a chance in the T20 squad. But I showed that I can play the T20s in the last BPL. So there’s no reason to fail in tests and ODIs. I’m lot more matured now days.”
About the fitness condition Shahriar Nafees said that he is working hard in the camp to be fit. “I know that I have to show my performance rather that saying about it. So I have decided not to look back. It’s time to do something & I’ll do that”- a determined Shahriar Nafees announced.