Owais Shah Biography
Owais Shah is a former British cricketer of Pakistani origin. He was born on October 22, 1978 in Karachi. He was a right-handed batsman and a right-hand off break bowler.
Before making his debut in the senior national English team, he led the England team to victory in the 1998 ICC Under-19 Cricket World Cup, which one of his remarkable achievements.
Owais Shah had great cricketing skills as a child and he made his debut in club cricket at the age of 12, playing for Wycombe House Club. He starred in the matches and won numerous awards which led him to secure a place in the Middlesex Cricket team at the age of 17.
It took him just one season to win the 1997 NBC Denis Compton Award, which made him the most promising young player of the country. He was made the captain of the Under-19 team for World Cup of 1998 and Shah brought the Trophy home.
Shah made his international debut against Australia in the Natwest Tri Series, 2001. He scored 28 not out in the match won by Australia. But his performance made him remain in the playing team and in the next match, he scored a fifty.
His Test debut came a long five years later against India, where he played a gritty innings of 88 runs in the first innings and 38 runs in the second. However, his test career was limited to a just 6 matches.
Rise to Glory
Shah was dropped from the team in 2002 as he did not have fielding skills. He improved and returned to the national team in 2006. He performed as a star and hit a fifty in the first T20 match but England was defeated again.
He started scoring above 30 in all matches and occasionally half centuries also came. He scored a century against India in 2007, followed by a half century later in that series.
He reached 98 against South Africa in 2009 after which he never returned to international cricket.
The main cause for Shah underperforming was his minor injuries. He suffered from cramps occasionally and when he performed, his team would lose.
This led to his low morale and was reflected in his form. He was dropped after 2009 and never made a return since then.
Although Shah did not have a remarkable international career, he played for a number of clubs like Middlesex, Essex, Cape Cobras, etc. In the Indian Premier League, he was associated with teams like Delhi Daredevils, Kochi Tuskers Kerala, Kolkata Knight Riders and Rajasthan Royals. Most of his club cricket came after he was dropped from the England team.
Shah announced his retirement from first class in 2013 and from all other formats in the year 2016. Later that year, he became the coach of the UAE cricket team and served for one year.