Jaffer had a previous stint with Bangladesh as a batting consultant at the BCB’s academy in Mirpur, for a few months in 2019. During that time, he had been involved with the country’s age group teams – Under-16s to Under-19s – and had also worked as a consultant with the high-performance committee. Jaffer had also played in the Dhaka Premier League for Abahani Limited in 2018-19.
A giant in the Indian domestic circuit, Jaffer played for over two decades and finished as the most-capped player in Ranji Trophy history (156). He also ended with the most runs (12,038), the most centuries (40), the most catches (200), and was also the highest run-scorer in the Duleep Trophy (2545) and the Irani Trophy/Cup (1294). He is the only batter to have breached the barrier of 1000 runs in a Ranji season twice, in 2008-09 and 2018-19.
Jaffer also played 31 Tests (1944 runs at an average of 34.10, with five centuries) and two ODIs for India. He finished as the fifth-highest scorer in Indian first-class cricket, behind Sunil Gavaskar, Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid and VVS Laxman.