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Sikandar Raza

Sikandar Raza is a Zimbabwean international cricketer. Who was born in Pakistan. He is an all-rounder. However, who bats and bowls right-handed off-spin. Hence, He got his international debut for Zimbabwe in May 2013.

Further, Raza was born in Sialkot and immigrated to Zimbabwe with his family in 2002. He quickly became one of the finest batsmen in the home league. While, catching the attention of Zimbabwean selectors. The sole obstacle was citizenship, which had been given in 2011.

Sikandar Raza
Sikandar Raza

Sikandar Raza Personal Information

Full nameSikandar Raza Butt
Born24 April 1986
Age37 years
Bowling StyleRight-arm off break
Batting StyleRight-handed
Playing roleAll rounder
Birth placeSialkot, Punjab, Pakistan
International information 
National sideZimbabwe (2013–present)
ODI shirt no.24
T20I shirt no.24

Early life of Sikandar Raza

Raza was born in Sialkot to a Kashmiri family who spoke Punjabi. Hence, He attended the Pakistan Air Force Public School Lower Topa for a period of three years. Also, intended to be a Pakistan Air Force pilot, but his aspirations were dashed. When he failed the eye test required for selection into the Pakistan Air Force at the time.

Furthermore, in 2002, Raza and his family relocated to Zimbabwe. He traveled to Scotland to get a bachelor’s degree in software engineering at Glasgow Caledonian University. Hence, Raza realized his full ability while playing semi-professional cricket here.

Domestic and T20 franchise careers

Raza continued to play first-class cricket for the Mashonaland Eagles. When Zimbabwe’s domestic structure was revamped in 2009.However, On April 12, 2007, he made his first-class debut for Northern against Eastern in the 2007 Logan Cup. Hence, He is an effective first-class cricketer, with a highest score of 146.

Furthermore, Raza has played List A cricket for Northern before joining Mashonaland Eagles. He made his List A debut in 2007. He played his first Twenty20 match for the Southern Rocks against the Desert Vipers in 2010.Hence, Raza turned out to be a T20 specialist. Also, scoring the most runs in the 2010 Stanbic Bank T20 Competition.

Additionally, Raza was chosen to play for the Amsterdam Knights in the Euro T20 Slam cricket tournament’s debut season in July 2019. However, the next month, the competition was canceled. In July 2020, he was named to the Trinbago Knight Riders’ 2020 Caribbean Premier League roster.

Hence, Raza was named to the Southern Rocks’ roster for the 2020-21 Logan Cup in December 2020.While, Raza was selected in the Gold Category round of the 2023 PSL draft by the Lahore Qalandars in December 2022.

Moreover, Raza was signed by the Punjab Kings for the 2023 Indian Premier League in December 2022 for 50 lakhs. He made his IPL debut for the Punjab Kings against the Kolkata Knight Riders on April 1, 2023.Whereas, scoring 16 off 13 balls and taking 1-25 from three overs. On April 15, 2023, he scored his first IPL half-century, 57 runs off 41 balls. Moreover, helping his club overcome Lucknow Super Giants by two wickets. He became the first Zimbabwean player to register a half-century in the IPL.

Sikandar Raza
Sikandar Raza

International career of Sikandar Raza

Raza got his ODI debut for Zimbabwe against Bangladesh in May 2013. Also, scored three runs while batting at number three, becoming the country’s 116th player in the format. Hence, He was also the first non-residential player who represented Zimbabwe at the international level.

Further, Raza scored 82 from 112 balls against India in the opening of a five-match home bilateral ODI series in 2013.On the other hand, his fourth appearance in the format. He made his test debut on September 3, 2013, scoring 60 runs against Pakistan at Harare Sports Club.

While, Raza got his T20I debut on November 5, 2013, against Bangladesh. He is also the youngest player to score a fifty in T20Is. He accomplished this achievement when he was barely over 17 years old. Hence, He hit his first ODI century against Afghanistan in July 2014.Also, opening the batting and leading Zimbabwe to an eight-wicket victory.

 He also set the record for the best individual score by a Zimbabwe batsman in an ODI run chase. As well as the most successful ODI run chase, at 141. During the run chase, he and Hamilton Masakadza created the biggest partnership for any wicket in Zimbabwe’s ODI history.Also, adding 224 runs for the opening wicket, making the chase appear easy.

Sikandar Raza stats

Recent Match

DC vs Warriors22SharjahT20
DC vs Giants47SharjahT20
DC vs Nightriders43Dubai (DSC)T20
DC vs Warriors48Dubai (DSC)T20
DC vs MI EmiratesDubai (DSC)T20
Recent Match

Last/debut Matches of Sikandar Raza

T20I Matches

DebutZimbabwe vs Bangladesh at Bulawayo – 11 May, 2013
LastSri Lanka vs Zimbabwe at Colombo (RPS) – 18 Jan , 2024
T20I Match

FC Matches

DebutNortherns vs Easterns at Mutare – 12 -15 April, 2007
LastSoutherns vs Northerns at Harare – 06 – 09 March , 2022
FC Match

T20 Matches

DebutVipers vs Rocks at Harare – 13 February , 2010
LastDC vs Warriors at Sharjah – 29 Jan , 2024
T20 Match

Test match

DebutZimbabwe vs Pakistan at Harare – 3 – 7 Sep , 2013
LastAfghanistan vs Zimbabwe at Abu Dhabi – 10 -14 March , 2021
Test Match
Sikandar Raza
Sikandar Raza


Is Sikandar Raza good?

He is an effective first-class cricketer, with a highest score of 146.Hence, Raza has played List A cricket for Northerns before joining Mashonaland Eagles. Hence, He earned his List A debut in 2007.

Why isn’t Sikander Raza playing for Pakistan?

Sikandar Raza stated that he had no desire to play for Pakistan.Hence, The all-rounder admitted that his professional aim was to become a fighter pilot, but life had other goals for him.

Why did Sikandar Raza migrate to Zimbabwe?

Raza, who was born in Sialkot, traveled to Zimbabwe to study after his goal of becoming a fighter pilot .But he was dashed when he failed an eye inspection. Hence, His parents had relocated to Zimbabwe in 2002. After noticing Raza’s talent, the Zimbabwe cricket body expedited his citizenship application.

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