Bangladesh news September 11, 2012

Shahriar Nafees set to return

ESPNcricinfo staff

Shahriar Nafees is set to return to the Bangladesh A team for the four-day match against the West Indies' High Performance Centre side from September 22, after the Bangladesh Cricket Board's disciplinary committee lifted restrictions on his selection. The left-hand opener was sent home last month before the third and final four-day match in the Shafi Darashah competition in Bangalore after his reaction to an umpiring decision during the A team's second match.

He continued to show his frustration in the dressing-room and was later warned by the match referee. But the team management found the bad behaviour enough for the Bangladesh A captain to be jettisoned before the tour ended.

The selectors kept him out of a 19-member training team for the series against the Caribbean side and almost three weeks after the incident, Nafees was referred to the disciplinary committee that heard his account.

"The national selectors can select him, there's no longer any embargo on that," BCB's disciplinary committee chairman Sirajuddin Mohammad Alamgir said. "We have spoken to [Shahriar] Nafees and all members of the team management. We will put together our recommendations and submit it to the board president today."

After the hearing at the BCB headquarters in Mirpur, Nafees admitted it was an overreaction on his part, which he could have avoided at the time.

"I gave my version of the events to the disciplinary committee, so I hope the confusion regarding this matter goes away," Nafees said. "I could have behaved better, and if I had controlled myself, the situation wouldn't have escalated; had the dressing room been closed off to the public and not been so open, it wouldn't have created so much trouble."

"If I wasn't the captain, it wouldn't have looked so bad. My behaviour had an adverse effect on my team-mates, so I could have been a lot more responsible. If I had kept my cool, the incident wouldn't have stretched for a month," he said.

When he was sent back, some board officials pointed out to Nafees leading a dissension in the training camp in Khulna before they headed to India. It was a small group of players who had allegedly clashed with coach Stuart Barnes and trainer Tushar Kanti Howlader, but neither did the team management inform the board, nor punish anyone.

But Nafees believed that the incidence in Bangalore wasn't related to what took place during the camp in Khulna. "The two are separate incidents. We trained for two months (prior to the tour) and there wasn't anything wrong in the relation between players and management. I personally don't want to see the two incidents being related. Whatever has happened though is unfortunate," he said.

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  • Ahnaf on September 13, 2012, 19:54 GMT

    For the people that are comparing SN to Tamim, Shakib, and Mushy need to check the stats. SN averages below a 20 against the G8 teams whereas Tamim and Shakib avg around a 30. Then when you look at his stats when BD won against the G8 teams, his average is again below a 20 whereas Shakib and Ash avg in the mid fifties, Tamim in the mid thirties and Mushy in the late 20's. Mushy's overall stats are not good but he's been averaging above a 30 in past few years. So stop making a case that his stats are great. They are in reality, below par for the national team which explains why he's not there. That being said, due to the lack of quality top order batsmen, he should still be considered as he's an experienced player. The likes of Imrul, Nazim, Jahurul, and Junaid have proven to be fringes as well. Ideally, I want Anamul to get a shot. He's a big time prospect and needs to get a run.

  • Tauhidul on September 12, 2012, 15:42 GMT

    Shahriar Nafees is one of the best batsmen for Bangladesh. Anamul is good but it is too early to tell him a great player. Ashraful is good in T20's but I highly doubt his test credentials. One good innings doesn't justify Nazimuddin's talent. And Junaid has done nothing great for his domestic side to be selected. Forget Imrul, he is a goner. As a result, Shahriar deserves more chances for Bangladesh at a continuous basis. And yes, @SylhetiBangladeshiCricketExpert4u, shahriar has a better test and ODI average than most Bd players, and his latest international appearance was a brilliant 97 in testing conditions in the 1st innings and a duck due to umpire's wrong decision in the 2nd. So we can shut up now.

  • Sarfin on September 12, 2012, 15:41 GMT

    As a batsman he is very cool and showed a lots of temperament which is a rare quality in a Bangladesh batsman. Once I thought he could be best choice as the captain of the team. But he was drifted a long way during the ICL crisis and now makes it to the headline for wrong reasons. But I still hope he will get his momentum back and will be a bit more sensible. Anyone thinking him worthless should check his stats and his century against Australia (during the Warne-Ponting-McGrath-Gilcrist era) which put Bangladesh in the commanding position for four days in Fatullah Test

  • Muhmmad on September 12, 2012, 12:19 GMT

    I think it'll be great if Shariar Nafees can also return for the Bangladesh senior team because you need experience in the team to guide the young talent like Nasir hussain so he'll be beneficial for the team and with his experience he will also provide stability in BD batting line up.

  • Godric on September 12, 2012, 12:01 GMT

    @ SylhetiBangladeshiCricketExpert4u, bro before commenting check, He has not played any match winning innings? He has got 4hundreds in ODI and as far as I can remember they all were match winning innings. We would have lost to Kenya after we were 33/4 if not for his fifty. After four quick wickets who were the two batsman's that held our innings in the second test against pak? His batting records are a lot better than that of Mushfiqur Rahim who is considered as one the best batsman of the team. He averages more than a lot of BD batsman. Surely he is not over rated and can make it to the team.

  • Dummy4 on September 12, 2012, 3:35 GMT

    Nafis. I always missed you national team. So tried to control your emotion & hard work to enter nation team. We don't want to lost you & Rakibul. Still BD team need your enough support. I was very disappointed BD A tour results in India. We always respect chief selector Akram Khan. I want to request him don't look at the name, look at the present performer. We BD friends want to see fighting A team prior to select best 15 against West indies A team. If possible put Anamul for select A team As recent his performanceis good.

  • RAHUL on September 11, 2012, 23:06 GMT

    Is it just me or am I thinking that Shariar might never return to the national team since Anamul was outstanding and their is better batsmen than him. I fel as if Ashraful is better than Nafees. Nafees cricket days might be over.

  • Sami on September 11, 2012, 22:46 GMT

    @SylhetiBangladeshiCricketExpert4u - "Playing for 8 years and still no match winning innings" - loool How many matches have Bangladesh even won in these 8 years? Have Tamim and Shakib won many matches for Bangladesh at all? Don't think so mate please behave. Like it or not Bangladesh are still a weak team and are nowhere near compared to the likes of Pakistan, South Africa etc and I'm a Bangladeshi who admits this :D

  • Sami on September 11, 2012, 22:40 GMT

    @SylhetiBangladeshiCricketExpert4u - I don't understand what you're laughing at because are you even aware of the fact that he averages more than Tamim Iqbal in ODIs? I mean he has played 75 ODIs whereas Tamim well over a 100 and Tamim still below him. Also Bangladesh does not have hardly any great batsman so stop with this 'overated' thing because Bangladesh doesn't have many good rated players. Don't forget he's one of the few experience players that Bangladesh have in reserves that can still play at the top level. Ashraful and Nafees may not be special but still vital for the team.

  • Aaquib on September 11, 2012, 19:57 GMT

    Well Here u go The Most Overrated Cricketer in BD after Ashraful and Looking at the Comments of Some People it Makes me go LOL! Have u Seen his Batting ??? He just Goes After Everything Outside the Off Stump and Gets away with 4/5 Boundaries and Then Gets OUT! We Dont need this Wasted Talent Anymore Playing for 8 Years and Still No Match Winning Inngs Lolz

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