”Extreme injustice happened to me” – Shahriar Nafees
Former Bangladesh opener Shahriar Nafees’s start in Bangladesh cricket was so much promising. This left-handed batsman thinks he has been misjudged and has been the victim of injustice. The former opener also wants that what happened to him, doesn’t happen to any other cricketer.
Nafees batted well during the season of 2005 and 2006. He was scoring regular runs in both Test and ODI formats. He was acclaimed for his excellent batting against Australia in both editions but failed to perform very well in the 2006 World Cup. The batsman, who scored 1,000 runs last year, was dropped from the team for not getting a run in a tournament.
” Such kinds of situation can happen in the life of any player. However, I think I have been a victim of some injustice in this regard. I played six matches in the 2006 World Cup. But I must admit that I did not play well. The way I played in 2005, I scored a thousand runs in 2008. So if one thinks that a cricketer will make a thousand every year, then there is nothing more to say.” Nafees said while talking to BDCrictime.
“Here I think, I have been treated very recklessly. Because, after playing consistently well in 2005 and 2006, playing badly in a tournament does not mean that you will throw him out. It happened to me. I hope this is not done with any other cricketer. “ Nafees added.
Nafees became the first Tiger captain in the shortest format, when Bangladesh started playing T20 in 2006. But, Incidentally, he was not called up to the preliminary squad for the T20 World Cup the following year.
“After the 2006 World Cup, India had a series with England, I was left out. Then I was not included in the preliminary team of T20 World Cup. But I was the first T20 captain of Bangladesh. I was dropped from the contract in early 2006” Nafees said in this regard.
“Those who did it thought they could give a good answer. But I think I was treated unfairly at the time” Nafees added.
Nafees feels that giving consistent opportunities to talented cricketers takes the team to a better place. Taking the example of the “great Five”, he said, they have got the opportunity to play like themselves and today they are able to present Bangladesh in the world court. All talented cricketers should be given this opportunity.
Nafees said, “Look, Mashrafe bhai was injured for many years. He returned after one and a half years. He has been able to bring Bangladesh so far today because we believe in him. Shakib, Tamim, Mushfiqur, Mahmudullah also started slowly but today they have reached this stage. They have taken Bangladesh to a place where Bangladesh has emerged as a global power in cricket”.
“A player but seeing his talent gets a chance in the national team. If he is supported in this way, then at the end of the day he will be number one in Bangladesh. So I will say, I was wronged” Shahriar Nafees concluded.