Basit Ali Biography
Basit Ali is a former Pakistani cricketer whose promising career was ruined by the dark clouds of the match-fixing scandal that also took away the careers of Rashid Latif and Saleem Malik.
He was born on 13 December 1970 in Karachi, Sindh.
He was a right-handed batsman who had a batting stance similar to Javed Miandad. He was a naturally aggressive batsman who wasn’t scared to hook the fast bowlers.
His batting was tailor-made for the shorter format of the game.
Basit Ali got into first-class cricket at a very young age of 15. He made his debut for Karachi against Zone-A where he scored 41 runs.
Things got better in the next match against House Building Finance Corporation where he scored his first century.
After three years of good performances, he found a place in the Pakistan Under-19 team.
His debut in the Under-19 team is one to remember. He smoked 189 runs against the arch-rivals India at Gujranwala.
In the 1992-93 season, he scored 865 runs at an average of 50.88 which includes 4 hundreds.
He found himself a place in the national team after that.
Basit scored 17 runs in his ODI debut against West Indies on 22 March 1993 at Sabina Park.
He got into limelight in the fourth ODI of the series where he scored 60 runs off 86 balls against a bowling attack which had the likes of Curtley Ambrose and Courtney Walsh in it.
In the test series that followed, Basit made his Test debut. He got out on 0 in the first innings and scored 37 runs in the second innings.
Rise to Glory
The 1993 Pepsi Champions Trophy final at Sharjah witnessed one of the greatest ODI innings ever. Basit came out to bat when Pakistan were struggling for 3/87. In those conditions against the likes of Walsh and Ambrose, he amassed a total of 127 runs off just 79 balls which was decorated with 12 fours and 5 massive sixes.
He completed his hundred in 67 balls which was the second fastest at that time.
Basit’s innings of 85 runs in the second test at Wellington in 1994 helped Pakistan secure an innings victory against New Zealand.
He continued his good form to the Austral-Asia Cup that followed. He scored 75 and 57 runs against India in the first and the final match respectively. Pakistan ended up beating India in the final to clinch the title.
Basit’s form soon dipped but the worse followed when he was charged with match-fixing. Rashid Latif exposed that he was offered PKR 1,000,000 to throw up the Christchurch match along with Inzamam, Raza and Basit.
The then manager of the Pakistan team, Intekhab Alam told that Basit confessed to the match-fixing in the secret trial which forced him to retire. The Commision did not take any strong action against him.
Basit retired from international cricket after his name was tossed around in the match-fixing scandal. He played his last ODI against South Africa on 16 April 1996 at Sharjah.