ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 / Players / Sikandar Raza
Full name Sikandar Raza Butt
Born April 24, 1986, Sialkot, Punjab, Pakistan
Current age 28 years 149 days
Major teams Zimbabwe, Kalabagan Cricket Academy, Mashonaland Eagles, Northerns (Zimbabwe), Southern Rocks, Zimbabwe A, Zimbabwe High Performance XI
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Right-arm medium, Right-arm offbreak
|Only Test||Zimbabwe v Pakistan at Harare, Sep 3-7, 2013 scorecard|
|ODI debut||Zimbabwe v Bangladesh at Bulawayo, May 3, 2013 scorecard|
|Last ODI||Zimbabwe v South Africa at Harare, Sep 4, 2014 scorecard|
|T20I debut||Zimbabwe v Bangladesh at Bulawayo, May 11, 2013 scorecard|
|Last T20I||United Arab Emirates v Zimbabwe at Sylhet, Mar 21, 2014 scorecard|
|First-class debut||Easterns (Zimbabwe) v Northerns (Zimbabwe) at Mutare, Apr 12-15, 2007 scorecard|
|Last First-class||Zimbabwe A v Afghanistan at Harare, Jul 27-30, 2014 scorecard|
|List A debut||Northerns (Zimbabwe) v Westerns at Harare, Mar 22, 2007 scorecard|
|Last List A||Zimbabwe v South Africa at Harare, Sep 4, 2014 scorecard|
|Twenty20 debut||Southern Rocks v Desert Vipers at Harare, Feb 13, 2010 scorecard|
|Last Twenty20||United Arab Emirates v Zimbabwe at Sylhet, Mar 21, 2014 scorecard|
Sikandar Raza's story isn't that of your everyday international cricketer. He is not a teenage prodigy, nor is he someone who had a burning ambition to play for his country. He journeyed through from his adolescence to adulthood and stumbled upon the sport he sometimes played as a child, only to discover he is quite good at it.
Born in Sialkot in the northeast of Pakistan, Sikandar had told his parents when he was 11 years old that he wanted to be a fighter pilot. He wrote the exam that got him into Air Force college. He was one of 60 to have won a place among 60,000 applicants.
But in his third year, he failed an eye test. He was told that 7 out of 10 people have the problem in normal life, but for him a dream was shattered.
Not dissuaded, Sikandar got admitted to Glasgow Caledonian University, where he picked up cricket as a semi-professional. He moved to Zimbabwe, where his parents had resided since 2002, and he made his first-class debut in 2007. He made one half-century in nine innings before completing his studies and returning to full-time cricket in the 2010-11 season. He had a more fruitful time, scoring 625 runs at an average of 41.
The following season was again decent as he developed a reputation as an aggressive top-order batsman. Sikandar kept doing well in the one-day and Twenty20 competitions at the time, so it was natural for the selectors to turn to him for a practice match against the visiting Bangladeshis in 2011 when Vusimuzi Sibanda was injured. He did well, and it became clear that he had a future in Zimbabwe colours.
Zimbabwe Cricket (ZC) began a process to get him the necessary papers that would qualify him to play for the country and in May 2013, he made his international debut for Zimbabwe, in the first ODI against Bangladesh, thus becoming the 116th player to appear for Zimbabwe in the format. Four months later, he made his Test debut too, against Pakistan in Harare.
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