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Full name Shahriar Nafees Ahmed
Born May 1, 1985, Dhaka, Bangladesh
Current age 29 years 123 days
Major teams Bangladesh, Bangladesh A, Bangladesh Under-19s, Bangladesh Under-23s, Barisal Burners, Barisal Division, Dhaka Warriors, Khulna Royal Bengals
Playing role Top-order batsman
Batting style Left-hand bat
Relation Brother - Iftekhar Nayem
|Test debut||Sri Lanka v Bangladesh at Colombo (RPS), Sep 12-14, 2005 scorecard|
|Last Test||Zimbabwe v Bangladesh at Harare, Apr 17-20, 2013 scorecard|
|ODI debut||England v Bangladesh at Nottingham, Jun 21, 2005 scorecard|
|Last ODI||Bangladesh v Pakistan at Chittagong, Dec 6, 2011 scorecard|
|Only T20I||Bangladesh v Zimbabwe at Khulna, Nov 28, 2006 scorecard|
|First-class debut||Bangladesh Under-23s v Zimbabwe A at Fatullah, Mar 12-14, 2004 scorecard|
|Last First-class||Rangpur Division v Barisal Division at Fatullah (Outer), Apr 19-22, 2014 scorecard|
|List A debut||Worcestershire v Bangladeshis at Worcester, Jun 12, 2005 scorecard|
|Last List A||Abahani Limited v Kalabagan Krira Chakra at Savar (3), Nov 9, 2013 scorecard|
|Twenty20 debut||Bangladesh v Zimbabwe at Khulna, Nov 28, 2006 scorecard|
|Last Twenty20||Mohammedan Sporting Club v UCB-BCB Eleven at Dhaka, Dec 29, 2013 scorecard|
|Bat & Bowl||Team||Opposition||Ground||Match Date||Scorecard|
|12, 36||Barisal Div||v Rangpur Div||Fatullah (Outer)||19 Apr 2014||FC|
|129, 20||Barisal Div||v Dhaka Div||Chittagong||12 Apr 2014||FC|
|26||Barisal Div||v Sylhet Div||Barisal||27 Feb 2014||FC|
|0, 5||Barisal Div||v Chittagong D||Chittagong||20 Feb 2014||FC|
|18, 0||Barisal Div||v Khulna Div||Khulna||30 Jan 2014||FC|
|30, 27||Cent Z (BD)||v South Z (BD)||Savar (3)||18 Jan 2014||FC|
|23||Cent Z (BD)||v East Z (BD)||Savar (2)||12 Jan 2014||FC|
|16||Mohammedan||v UCB-BCB XI||Dhaka||29 Dec 2013||T20|
|-||Mohammedan||v Abahani Ltd||Dhaka||28 Dec 2013||T20|
|12||Mohammedan||v Prime Bank||Sylhet||26 Dec 2013||T20|
As a left-hand opening batsman, Shahriar Nafees is a rarity among Bangladesh cricketers, and at the age of 19 he was thrust into the Test squad for their maiden tour of England with just five first-class matches behind him. He hadn't fared too badly in those, however, with 350 runs at 35, and his Under-19 coach Richard McInness reckoned he had the talent and temperament to become a future Test captain. With Nafees Iqbal and Javed Omar established as Bangladesh's opening pair, the England trip was a case of watching and learning for Shahriar. He did get an opportunity in the NatWest Series, and cashed in with 75 in the final one-dayer against Australia.
He made his Test debut in Sri Lanka in September 2005, and made 51 in his second match. He also got starts in all the one-day games, but converted only one into a fifty. Then in April 2006 he exploded in sensational fashion against the might of Australia, stroking his way to a brilliant hundred, his maiden first-class ton as well as his first in Tests, at Fatullah. His stunning 138, with 19 fours, set up a scarcely believable first-day total of 355 for 5 as the Aussies reeled. He added 33 in the second innings, and a brisk 79 in the second Test to show that this was no flash in the pan.
Nafees was appointed vice-captain for the Champions Trophy in India in October with the view of grooming a successor for Habibul Bashar. He also won the Bangladesh's cricketer-of-the-year award for 2006. He proved that the accolade wasn't wasted on him by scoring a hundred against Zimbabwe but failed against tougher opposition in the Champions Trophy. His batting was instrumental in Bangladesh's 5-0 rout over Zimbabwe in December 2006. His batting form slipped the following year and in 2008, joined the Bangladesh exodus to the ICL, He was subsequently handed a 10-year ban by the BCB but revived his international hopes when he cancelled his contract the following year. He was recalled for the tri-series at home in January 2010. Prior to joining the ICL, he opted out of a tour of Australia to concentrate on finishing his MBA program.
After being given clemency by the BCB, Nafees was picked for a Test match against India but didn't make a major contrubtion. Tamim Iqbal's injury got him back into the team for the New Zealand series in 2010 during which he struck 73 in the second game of the ODI series. He has scored fifties against Australia, Zimbabwe and West Indies too. After a lean patch, Nafees scored 97 in the second Test against Pakistan at the end of 2011, but was still not included in the central contracts for 2012.
Andrew Miller and ESPNcricinfo staff
Plays of the Day from the second ODI between England and India, in Cardiff
Plays of the day from the third ODI between England and India at Trent Bridge
Plays of the day from the tri-series match between Zimbabwe and South Africa
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