Shahriar Nafees Ahmed is a Bangladeshi top-order batsman, who was born on 1 May 1985 in Dhaka, Bangladesh. Nafees is a left-handed opening batsman.
He joined the unauthorized Indian Cricket League (ICL) In June 2008 as a player in the Dhaka Warriors. The members of the team were banned for 10 years by the Bangladesh Cricket Board. But it was lifted when he left the league in September 2009.
The Bangladesh Cricket Board founded the six-team Bangladesh Premier League in 2012 and Nafees was part of it in both the first and the 2nd edition.
He scored the very first century in BPL 2 playing for Khulna Royal Bengals. He was the first Bangladeshi player to score a century in the BPL. Domestically he plays for Barisal Division.
Nafees made his Test debut against Sri Lanka on 12th September 2005.
Nafees scored his very first century in April 2006 against Australia in the Tests held at Fatullah.
In January Nafees returned to the squad of Bangladesh for getting ready for Bangladesh's home series against India.
Nafees played in one of the two Tests Bangladesh played and scored 25 runs. Bangladesh lost both Tests.
Nafees played 24 Tests in total.
Rise to Glory
Nafees scored his maiden one-day century in August 2006 against Zimbabwe. Nafees was the first Bangladeshi batsman ever to score a century in the Champions Trophy.
In October 2006 Nafees was named vice-captain for the Champions Trophy that was held in India. The tournament put some limelight on him as he was able to score his second ODI century in the match against Zimbabwe. He scored his third century again against Zimbabwe.
By 2006, Nafees had made over 1,000 ODI runs and he was the first Bangladeshi to do so in a single year.
He also played an ODI series against New Zealand in October 2010 and scored 35 which helped Bangladesh win that match and did the same by scoring 73 in the next match.
He played in Bangladesh's national side in the 2011 World Cup but he played in just two matches. In the three ODIs immediately after the World Cup that were played against Australia, he struck two half-centuries that cemented his place in the national side. Nafees was again in the squad against Zimbabwe in August.
He scored 82 runs including a half-century in the first Test against the West Indies in October and 97 against Pakistan in the second match of a two-Test series.
He was the first and youngest T20I captain for Bangladesh.