Former Bangladesh players Shahriar Nafees and Abdur Razzak have been appointed by the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) which allowed them to announce retirement. The 38-year-old left-arm spinner Abdur Razzak has been appointed as a senior selector alongside chief selector Minhajul Abedin and Habibul Bashar, while 35-year-old Nafees, a top-order batsman, has taken up a position in the board’s cricket operations department.
During the third day of the Dhaka Test against West Indies in the lunch interval, A reception was organised to honour the two veterans at the Shere Bangla National Stadium. The Bangladesh Cricket Board presented the two players with their crests which will be a great addition for the future.
Razzak And Nafees Thank Their Family And Coaches
Abdur Razzaq was the first Bangladesh bowler to take 200 ODI wickets and a surprising record for the fastest half-century by a Bangladesh batsman along with Mohammad Ashraful in 21 deliveries. He thanked his parents and his wife for supporting him throughout his career and was grateful to his childhood coaches Sarwar Imran and Nazmul Abedeen Fahim. Nafees recalled the time when he was ten years old and would be taken for training by his parents.
“It is only natural that someone else will take my place because everything comes to an end. I would like to thank my childhood coaches Sarwar Imran and Nazmul Abedeen Fahim. I met them when I was 13 years old, and they changed my life,” Razzak said after his appointment by Bangladesh Cricket Board
“They supported me so I must thank them. I would like to thank my wife and kids, my in-laws, as well as my first coach Wahidul Gani.” Shahriar Nafees said.
Nafees’s Memorable Innings Against Australia
Shahriar Nafees has always been remembered for his heroic 138 against a strong Australian attack comprising of Brett Lee, Stuart Clark, Jason Gillespie, Shane Warne and Stuart MacGill. Nafees’s dominance of Shane Warne, in particular, where he hit the legspinner for ten fours in a couple of sessions, remains an iconic image in Bangladesh cricket and will be memorable innings.
Shahriar Nafees and Abdur Razzak haven’t been able to push their weight back on the selection and the decision to retire with an appointment in the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) would be the perfect foil for them.