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Veteran umpire Nadir Shah no more

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  • 11 September, 2021 12:00 AM
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Veteran umpire Nadir Shah no more

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Former national cricketer and ex ICC panel umpire Nadir Shah breathed his last at a city hospital in Dhaka on Friday after battling lung cancer for the last two years. He was 57.

An all-time jolly person, Nadir was a leg-spinner and handy batsman in his playing days and appeared for two decades for a host of famous clubs in the Dhaka League including Abahani, Mohammedan, Biman, Brothers Union, Surjo Tarun, Kalabagan, Azad Boys and Dhanmondi.

In March 2006, Nadir stood as an umpire in an international match between Bangladesh and Kenya for the first time and went on to officiate in 40 ODIs, three T20 Internationals and three Women’s ODIs. He was a TV umpire in six Tests and 23 ODIs as well and had also officiated in 73 first-class matches, 127 List A and 54 (five as TV Umpire) T20 games.  

In March 2013, Nadir was handed a 10-year ban by the Bangladesh Cricket Board on corruption charges after an undercover investigation by an Indian TV channel caught him along with five other umpires for allegedly negotiating deals with their reporters to affect the outcome of matches.

However, Nadir and others consistently refuted the allegations and in February 2016, the BCB lifted the ban on him which paved the way for Nadir to officiate domestic matches. The last time Nadir supervised a match was back in October 2019 during the National Cricket League.

Nadir’s namaz-e-janaza was held at the Baitul Aman Mosque in Dhanmondi after Jumma prayer, according to his family.

The BCB and other sports organizations expressed heartfelt condolences and profound sympathies to the family of the departed and prayed for the salvation of his soul.

“Nadir Shah was a most affable person who was loved and respected by all in the cricket fraternity. He will be missed. He lived for cricket and had always executed his responsibility as an umpire with fairness,” the BCB Chief Executive Officer Nizamuddin Chowdhury said in a condolence message.

A minute’s silence was observed as a tribute to Nadir by the players, umpires, match officials, support staff and other personnel present at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium before the start of the fifth and final T20I between Bangladesh and New Zealand on Friday.