Nafees shocked at chief selector’s false statement
Shahriar Nafees is very disappointed. And that’s quite understandable. Anyone would be disappointed for not getting selected in the national squad despite performing so well and being so consistent in the domestic circuit. [Read in Bangla: প্রধান নির্বাচকের ‘মিথ্যাচারে’ হতবাক নাফীস]
But more than anything else, Nafees is surprised. He is surprised for the reason Bangladesh national team’s chief selector Minhajul Abedin Nannu showed behind not picking him in the 29-member preliminary squad for Bangladesh’s next two series against Australia and South Africa.
“It has come to my notice what Nannu bhai said about me. He said, ‘there’s no place for Nafees in Bangladesh top-order. Beside that. he didn’t play in his own batting position in the premier league. He batted at number four and five.’ This is the biggest lie! I never batted at number four or five,” said Nafees.
“I want to tell Nannu bhai that, apart from just one match I batted at number three in all other matches for Prime Doleshwar. And in the match of exception against Mohammedan, I batted in the opening position and made 70. Then?” questioned Nafees, which has no answer really.
Though he hasn’t played for the national team for a while, there’s no doubt Nafees still is one of the finest batsmen of the country. In the last National Cricket League, he scored 403 runs in 10 innings of 6 matches at 44.77 with one century and two half centuries. He ended as the 8th highest run-scorer of the competition. And then in the Bangladesh Premier League (BPL)’s fourth season, Nafees played for Barisal Bulls and in 12 matches, he scored 292 runs with the help of three half centuries. He finished as the 12th highest run-scorer, but prior to his team’s departure from the tournament, he had been among the top ten.
Even in the Bangladesh Cricket League (BCL), Nafees was very consisten. Playing for South Zone, he scored 491 runs in 8 innings of 6 matches at 70.14. He was the third highest run-scorer. Besides two half centuries, he also smashed one century, and then went on to transform it into a double century. Then in the Dhaka Premier League, Nafees was the fifth highest run-scorer. For Prime Doleshwar, he scored 600 runs in 15 innings of 16 matches at 42.85. He had as many as five half centuries to his name.
After going through his numbers, it’s really shocking not to see Nafees in the Bangladesh national squad. “I was in the top five of last two domestic tournaments, and also in top ten in the other two. Maybe you won’t count BPL, but I had been in the top 10 till my team was there. I have more than 1800 runs overall in last NCL, BPL, BCL and DPL. I don’t know if anyone else was anywhere near me. Still if I don’t get a call for the national squad, I am bound to feel sorry,” said Nafees.
And really indeed, Nafees must be very sorry. While some top-order batsmen are getting chances after chances despite continuous failures, there’s no place for Nafees even though he has proved his worth many a time in the recent past. If such injustice continues to happen, then it will obviously send a wrong message to the upcoming superstars of the country.
– Jannatul Naym Pieal, Correspondent, bdcrictime.com