Sikandar Raza is a Pakistan-born Zimbabwean cricket player who has made a name for himself as an allrounder. He has represented Zimbabwe in all formats of the game, i.e., Tests, ODIs, and T20s. He has captained the team of Zimbabwe as well and played many significant innings, which has helped Zimbabwe win critical games.
Sikandar Raza Butt was born on Thursday, 24 April 1986 (age 36 years; as of 2022) in Sialkot, Pakistan. His zodiac sign is Taurus. He studied at the Pakistan Air Force boarding school in Lower Topa and wanted to be a fighter pilot. He was among the 60 students out of 10,000 students who were selected to become fighter pilot. After studying there for three and a half years, he appeared for his final medical test and failed in Lens Opacity test, which is critical for pilots when they are flying at an altitude. In 2002, his family moved to Zimbabwe; however, he moved to Scotland, UK, where he started pursuing a B.Sc. in computer science at Glasgow Caledonian University. The Hindu In 2007, he moved to Zimbabwe and started playing cricket at amateur level, and he found that he is better at the game than he anticipated. He completed his graduation in 2009. He started playing cricket in the domestic circuit in Zimbabwe in his 20s and became very popular. The selectors also took notice of him; however, his citizenship was becoming a barrier following which he was given citizenship of Zimbabwe in 2011 so that he could play for the national team of Zimbabwe. He has played in Afghanistan Premier League, Bangladesh Premier League, Carribean Premier League, and Pakistan Premier League.
Height (approx.): 5′ 11″
Weight (approx.): 75 kg
Hair Colour: Black
Eye Colour: Light Brown
He belongs to a Punjabi-speaking Muslim family.
Parents & Siblings
His father, Tasadaq Hussian Raza, moved to Zimbabwe from Japan in 2002. His father and 2 uncles also played cricket and wanted to represent Pakistan; however, his father later ventured into motor parts business. The Indian Express He has a younger brother named Taymoor Raza Butt.
Wife & Children
Not much is known about his wife; he has 2 children.
Although he was born in Pakistan, he impressed the Zimbabwe selectors with his performance in domestic cricket in Zimbabwe following which he was given citizenship of Zimbabwe in 2011.
He started playing cricket in the domestic circuit in Zimbabwe in his 20s and became very popular. The selectors also took notice of him; however, his citizenship was becoming a barrier following which he was given citizenship of Zimbabwe in 2011 so that he could play for the national team of Zimbabwe. He has played in Afghanistan Premier League, Bangladesh Premier League, Carribean Premier League, and Pakistan Premier League.
He debuted on 3 September 2013 against Pakistan at Harare Sports Club Stadium, Harare and scored 60 runs. He scored 60 runs on his debut; however, Zimbabwean captain Brendan Taylor made his entry, and he was dropped from the team for the rest of the series. He has played against Pakistan, Bangladesh, New Zealand, West Indies, South Africa, Afghanistan, and Sri Lanka. His best performances have been against Sri Lanka. He scored his highest score of 127 against Sri Lanka in July 2017 at R Premadasa Stadium, Colombo, Sri Lanka. His best bowling performance of 7 wickets for 113 runs was against Sri Lanka in January 2020 at Harare Sports Club Stadium, Harare, Zimbabwe. He scored his maximum runs in a series, 243 runs against Bangladesh in the 2014 series played in Zimbabwe. He took the maximum number of wickets in a series, 11 wickets against Sri Lanka, in the 2019-20 series played in Zimbabwe.
He debuted on 3 May 2013 against Bangladesh at Queens Sports Club Stadium, Bulawayo and scored 3 runs. He has played against all major ODI teams except England. His first career highlight was the 2017 Zimbabwe tour of Sri Lanka, where Zimbabwe won the series by 3-2. He played magnificently in the last match and scored 27 runs (not out) in the chase and also took 3 wickets for 21 runs. It was Zimbabwe’s first ODI series win against Sri Lanka and its first 5-match series win away from home. He scored 319 runs and took 15 runs in the 2018 ODI World Cup Qualifiers and was given the Player of the Tournament award. When Zimbabwe failed to qualify for the 2019 ODI World Cup, he said that he was unhappy. In March 2020, he completed his 100 ODI matches. In August 2022, he also helped his team win 3 match series against Bangladesh in August 2022 and scored 135 runs (not out) and 117 runs (not out) in 2 consecutive matches.
He debuted on 13 May 2013 against Bangladesh at Queens Sports Club Stadium, Bulawayo and scored 14 runs. He has played against all major teams. He played magnificently in the 2022 World cup qualifiers and guided his team to qualify for the 2022 World Cup as he took 4 wickets for 8 runs against the Netherlands in the final match of the tournament to win the match. He was awarded Man of the Match for his bowling performance. He also became the Man of the Tournament of the T20 World Cup Qualifiers 2022. Sportstar In 2022, he scored 136 runs and took 3 wickets to help Zimbabwe move to the Super 12 stage of the T20 World Cup held in Australia. He made his highest score, 82 runs in 48 balls, against Ireland in the first match of the T20 World Cup 2022 to help his team win the match.
He wears 24 number jersey.
In a T20 match against Namibia in 2016, he was given out LBW in the 16th over. He expressed his dissent towards the decision by showing his bat to the umpire, using abusive words when going towards the dressing room, and he used abusive words again when entering the dressing room. He was fined 50 percent of his match fee and 2 demerit points after breaching ICC Code of Conduct Level 1. ICC Cricket
In April 2021, Sikandar experienced pain in his right arm, which was later found to be an infection in the bone marrow. There were suspicions that he might have cancer; however, the reports were negative. He made his return to the game in July 2021.
- He is the only Zimbabwean test cricket player who has scored consecutive fifties in both innings of a test match and also took 5 wickets. In 2017, he scored 80 and 89 runs and took 5 wickets for 99 runs against West Indies in a test match at Queens Sports Club Stadium, Bulawayo, Zimbabwe.
- He scored 50 runs in a test match and took 5 wickets in the same match. He has done it twice when he scored 72 runs against Sri Lanka and took 7 wickets for 113 runs in 2020 at Harare Sports Club Stadium, Harare, Zimbabwe and scored 80 and 89 runs and took 5 wickets for 99 runs against West Indies at Queens Sports Club Stadium, Bulawayo, Zimbabwe in 2017. He was also awarded Man of the Match in both tests. Amar Ujala
- He set up the record for the highest opening partnership in ODI cricket for Zimbabwe when he, along with Hamilton Masakzada, put up a partnership of 224 runs against Afghanistan in July 2014 at Queens Sports Club Stadium, Bulawayo, Zimbabwe. He scored his highest score of 141 runs and Hamilton scored 93 runs. He also set up another record for the highest runs by any Zimbabwean player in an ODI chase as well as a successful ODI run chase.
- His score of 135 runs (not out) against Bangladesh in August 2022 at Harare Sports Club Stadium, Harare, Zimbabwe is the highest by any ODI batsman in a successful run chase batting at number 5 or lower position.
- He is the first Zimbabwean player to score 3 centuries in successful ODI match run chases and the first Zimbabwean player to score 2 consecutive centuries in successful consecutive ODI run chases.
- He is the fourth player to score 3 centuries in ODI in a successful run chase in a calendar year. Wisden Cricketers’ Almanack
- In August 2022, he became the first Zimbabwean player to be selected as ICC ODI player of the month. CNN-News18
Incredible batting from @SRazaB24!
Well deserved POTM award 👏
— Stem Sports (@Stemsports1) October 17, 2022
- He is the first ODI player to score multiple centuries at batting position number 5 or below in the same series. Crictoday (Cricket Today)
- He is the first Zimbabwean player to score 600 runs in T20 cricket in a calendar year. NewsBytes
- He is the brand ambassador of Splash Zimbabwe, Shrey Sports, The Country Club, and PUMA South Africa. Instagram – Sikandar Raza
- In an interview, Sikandar Raza revealed that his favourite food was African Braai.