Former Bangladeshi cricket umpire Nadir Shah has unfortunately passed away today after a prolonged battle with cancer at the age of 57.
Shah has officiated in around 40 One Day International Matches and three Twenty20 International matches. He even officiated in three women’s One Day International Matches. Shah was also a TV umpire in six Tests and 23 ODI matches. In total, he was the umpire in 73 first-class matches, 127 List A and 54 (five as a TV Umpire) T20 games. In March 2006, he stood for his debut match as an umpire in a match between Bangladesh and Kenya.
BCB chief executive Nizamuddin Chaudhary released a condolence message stating that umpire Nadir Shah was a very affable person who was loved and respected by all in the cricketing world. Chaudhary added by saying that the former umpire will be missed as he lived for cricket and had always done his duty as an umpire with absolute fairness and he ended by saying that he is praying for the salvation of the soul.
Shah was also a former cricketer in the domestic circuit. He was a leg spinner and a handy lower-order batsman. He played for clubs such as Dhaka League, including Abahani, Mohammedan, Biman, Brothers Union, Surjo Tarun, Kalabagan, Azad Boys and Dhanmondi.
He was banned for ten years by the BCB in 2013, after it was found being corrupt in an undercover investigation, alongside two umpires from Pakistan and three from Sri Lanka. BCB lifted this ban later and the last time Shah umpired a match was in October 2019 at the National Cricket League.