Sikandar Raza Biography
Sikandar Raza Butt is a Pakistani-born cricketer who represents the Zimbabwean National team in all three formats.
Born on 24 April 1986, he is a right-handed batting all-rounder who is handy with the ball as a right-arm off break.
He moved to Zimbabwe in 2001 from Pakistan and impressed at domestic level. The only issue was his citizenship issues, which was granted in 2011.
He had his ambitions set on to become a fighter pilot from the early age and got into Air Force college. Unfortunately, he was forced to drop out as he failed an eye test during the third year. While pursuing his bachelor's degree at the Glasgow Caledonian University, he realized his potential in the sport after playing semi-professional domestic cricket.
After the introduction of new system of domestic cricket, he also played List A cricket originally for Northerns where he played for two years before switching to Mashonaland Eagles for whom he is playing his third spell now.
He made his List A debut in 2007 against Westerns where he scored just one run.
He made his Twenty20 debut for the Southern Rocks in 2010 against the Desert Vipers as he again made 1 off 6 balls.
His ODI debut was against Bangladesh on May 3, 2013, when he scored just 3 runs coming in at number 3.
Just 8 days later, he made his T20I debut when he played as a middle-order batsman and scored a run-a-ball 14 as Zimbabwe won the encounter.
He made his Test Debut against Pakistan on 3rd September 2013 in which he made 60 and 24 in the first match as Pakistan won by 221 runs.
Rise to Glory
In 2010, he turned out to be a Twenty20 specialist with the bat as he was the leading run-scorer in the Domestic T20 Competition.
In the Metbank Pro40 Championship Final in 2010, he played an important knock against Mid-West Rhinos to win them the championship. He started to grab the attention of selectors as the result of the tournament.
He was in the preliminary squad for Zimbabwe 2011 Cricket World Cup but couldn’t make the cut into the final squad for the campaign.
He was instrumental in their 3-2 series win over Sri Lanka which was Zimbabwe’s first ever 5 match series win away from home as he was adjourned the man of the match award for his wonderful spell of 3/21 and scoring 27 runs in the series decider.
He played for Northerns, a first-class cricket team in Zimbabwe from 2007 to 2009 before moving to Mashonaland Eagles in 2009 and 2011 season.
He played the 2010 edition for Southern Rocks. He now represents Mashonaland Eagles.
He was then picked up by Chittagong Vikings in the 2017 edition of Bangladesh Premier League.
He captained four times for Mash Eagles in domestic cricket in 2012. He stood as captain for Zimbabwe for the second T20 match in India’s tour of Zimbabwe as Elton Chigumbura was injured. They went on to win the match by 10 runs.
He became the youngest person to hit a fifty in T20I when he was just 17 years old.
He scored two fifties and claimed a fifer which made him only the second Test cricketer to score 80 plus in both innings and take a five-wicket haul after South Africa’s Jacques Kallis.