Former Bangladesh opener Shahriar Nafees and left-arm spinner Abdur Razzak retired from all forms of cricket.
The veteran cricketers called it a day to their playing career through a ceremony organized by the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) and Cricketers Welfare Association of Bangladesh (CWAB) at Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium on Saturday.
Both of them however had already begun their new career with the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB). Razzak was named as the third member of the national selection panel while left-handed batsman Nafees joined the BCB cricket operations department in a managerial post.
The duo was presented with crests by BCB president Nazmul Hasan, directors and high-ups of the board. “It is natural for everything to come to an end and that someone else will take my place,” said 38-year old Razzak.
Razzak was the first Bangladesh bowler to pick up 200 ODI wickets and also has the second-most ODI five-wicket hauls.
On the eve of retirement, Nafees thanked his family and his first coach Wahidul Gani.
“I would like to thank my wife and kids, my in-laws, as well my first coach Wahidul Gani. At the same time I must thank my supporters who have always encouraged me and the media who always inspired me to do things right,” said an emotional Nafees during his speech.