Full Name

Sikandar Raza Butt

Born

April 24, 1986, Sialkot, Punjab, Pakistan

Age

36y 69d

Batting Style

Right hand Bat

Bowling Style

Right arm Offbreak

Playing Role

Batting Allrounder

TEAMS

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. By the time the 2015 World Cup rolled around, Sikandar was firmly settled into his role as the most adventurous batsman in Zimbabwe's top order, with a fondness for carving the ball through - and sometimes over - point, and a useful side line as an offspinner.

He played a pivotal role in one of Zimbabwe's most memorable moments on a cricket field, winning the deciding ODI against Sri Lanka with a crucial cameo in a pressure situation chasing 204 on a turning track in Hambantota in July 2017. Before batting, he had helped restrict Sri Lanka in that game with what was his best figures in ODI cricket: 3 for 21 in 10 overs. The result? Zimbabwe had won a five-match ODI series away from home for the first time.
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Career Averages
Batting & Fielding
FormatMatInnsNORunsHSAveBFSR100s50s4s6sCtSt
Test17330118712735.96215255.15181181750
ODI11410916323114134.74388083.2732027271480
T20I504716855914.89620110.48015418230
FC661214436322637.29728359.9072348580510
List A21320226624514135.48739584.44834528154970
T201351241324599522.151969124.8801420192590
Bowling
FormatMatInnsBallsRunsWktsBBIBBMAveEconSR4w5w10w
Test172526571441347/1138/17642.383.2578.1020
ODI1148634522808633/213/2144.574.8854.7000
T20I5040576717213/163/1634.147.4627.4000
FC666949822738777/1138/17635.553.2964.7220
List A213153628150591404/334/3336.134.8344.8200
T201359614891838574/164/1632.247.4026.1100
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Sikandar Raza added impetus late in the innings with a few big hits
Sikandar Raza goes big on the leg side
Sikandar Raza scored a 46-ball 56
Sikandar Raza takes a one-handed catch to send Paul Stirling back
Luke Jongwe and Sikandar Raza added 40 in double quick time
Sikandar Raza skips while trying to pull one away