Shahriar Nafees- Unlucky or Unpredictable ?
He is a vintage star of Bangladesh cricket. He was anticipated to be the ‘stand out’ player of Bangladesh before the era of Shakib Al Hasan and Tamim Iqbal. He used to be the ‘automatic choice’ opener of Bangladesh team before the advent of Tamim Iqbal. Being a devout guy he has kind of a ‘Good Person’ image in the Bangladesh cricket fraternity. Shahriar Nafees Ahmed, nicknamed as ‘Abir’ was born in 25th January,1986 in Dhaka . Being a good student from the very beginning of his student life and being the son of the Dhaka University teacher mother,that’s not so tough to imagine that he was never really predicted to be a professional cricketer during his early life. He was the student of Saint Joseph Higher Secondary School and Dhaka University both of which are amongst the best institutions in Bangladesh.
Nafees started up his first class career in 2005 for Barisal division. Like most other Bangladeshi cricketer Nafees was taken in the national team very early having the experience of playing just 5 matches. This left handed opener made his ODI debut in 2005 in England and made test debut in the same year in Srilanka . In 2008,he joined the unauthorized Indian Cricket League(ICL) as a player of Dhaka Warriors. The players who joined this league were banned for 10 years, which was withdrawn lately. Since then Nafees has started a comeback journey in Bangladesh team.
This talented opener is the first Bangladeshi to reach the milestone of scoring 1000 runs in a calendar year in 2006. He was the first Bangladeshi cricketer to be nominated as the ‘emerging player of the year’ in the particular year. After making a comeback in the national team his first assignment was Bangladesh’s home series against India. But he couldn’t really make an impression in the series. Since then he has been moving through in a sort of drifting state. He was selected as a ‘icon player’ of the Barisal Burners in Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) in the first season in 2012. But he couldn’t really do justice to this entitlement scoring only 38 runs in 5 matches. In the 2nd edition of BPL he scored the maiden century of the season and also became the first Bangladeshi to score a hundred in BPL. He led his team Khulna Royal Bengal from the front and became one of the top scorers of the season.
After having a great season in BPL he was taken in the team for the Zimbabwe tour. But ironically, he cut his finger before the tour by blade while repairing his bat at home. And he couldn’t just make the tour which has cost him to take a break again.