Personal Information

Full Name Sikandar Raza Butt
Born April 24, 1986 Sialkot, Punjab
Age 38 Years, 1 Months, -1 Days
National Side Zimbabwe
Batting Style Right Handed
Bowling Off break
Sport Cricket

Ranking

Test ODI T20
Batting - 34 62
Bowling - 53 68

Man of the Match

Test ODI T20 World Cup CL
2 11 14 0 -

Career Information

Teams Played Zimbabwe, Lahore Whites, Mashonaland Eagles, Matabeleland Tuskers, Northamptonshire, Northerns, Northerns, Southern Rocks, Southerns, Zimbabwe A, Punjab Kings, Chattogram Challengers, Zimbabwe XI, Rangpur Riders, Saint Lucia Kings, Trinbago Knight Riders, Kalabagan Cricket Academy, Sheikh Jamal Dhanmondi Club, Karachi Kings, Lahore Qalandars, Peshawar Zalmi, Gazi Group Cricketers, Khulna Tigers, Mis-e-Ainak Knights, Shinepukur Cricket Club, Toronto Nationals, Montreal Tigers, Paktia Panthers, Tshwane Spartans, Northern Warriors, Biratnagar Warriors, Amsterdam Knights, Heat Stormers, Manchester Originals, Dambulla Aura, Chennai Braves, Harare King Cricket Club, Dubai Capitals, Biratnagar Super Kings, Seattle Orcas, Bulawayo Braves
Career Span

Sikandar Raza Butt Overall Stats

Batting & Fielding Performance

M I N/O R HS 100s 50s 4s 6s AVG S/R CT ST Ducks R/O
Test
17 33 0 1187 127 v SL 1 8 118 17 35.96 55.15 5 0 3 0
ODI
142 134 20 4154 141 v AFG 7 21 342 103 36.43 86.43 57 0 3 4
World Cup
6 6 0 125 46 v UAE 0 0 15 4 20.83 99.20 2 0 0 0
T20I
86 82 5 1947 87 v SIN 0 14 146 92 25.28 134.36 36 0 7 3
CPL
17 12 3 147 32 v TKR 0 0 8 8 16.33 130.08 5 0 1 1
ILT20
13 11 1 313 60* v DV 0 1 25 10 31.30 134.33 4 0 1 0
IPL
9 9 2 182 57 v LSG 0 1 12 8 26.00 133.82 5 0 0 0
tten
33 30 6 622 87* v DR 0 4 46 49 25.91 200.00 12 0 3 0
ILT20_non_domestic
8 8 4 209 56* v MIE 0 1 12 12 52.25 133.12 1 0 0 0
ttwenty_non_domestic
23 23 7 544 67 v CT 0 2 32 39 34.00 139.48 4 0 1 0

Bowling Performance

I O M R W Best 3s 5s AVG E/R S/R Mtc
Test
25 442.5 56 1441 34 7/113 v SL 4 2 42.38 3.25 78.14 16
ODI
112 768.2 24 3738 88 4/55 v NED 11 0 42.47 4.86 52.38 112
World Cup
6 40 1 197 2 1/34 v PAK 0 0 98.50 4.92 120.00 6
T20I
75 210.2 2 1479 60 4/8 v NED 9 0 24.65 7.03 21.03 75
CPL
16 43 0 300 14 3/15 v SKN 1 0 21.42 6.97 18.42 16
ILT20
13 45 0 284 13 3/21 v MIE 1 0 21.84 6.31 20.76 13
IPL
7 14 0 141 3 1/19 v LSG 0 0 47.00 10.07 28.00 7
tten
26 47.5 0 430 21 3/12 v HH 1 0 20.47 8.98 13.66 26
ILT20_non_domestic
7 25 0 190 3 1/17 v ADKR 0 0 63.33 7.60 50.00 7
ttwenty_non_domestic
19 52 0 416 10 2/15 v VK 0 0 41.60 8.00 31.20 19

Sikandar Raza Butt Profile


Sikandar Raza Butt was born on 24th April 1986 in Sialkot in the Punjab region of Pakistan. He studied in an Air Force public school and aspired to become a pilot in the Pakistani Air Force. His dreams were cut short as he failed his vision test and soon after emigrated to Zimbabwe with his family in 2002. His potential for cricket came to the forefront when he went to Scotland to study at the Glasgow Caledonian University and started playing semi-professional cricket. This turn of fate resulted in him embarking on a journey as a talented cricketer.


While he was still studying, he played some domestic cricket in Zimbabwe making his List A debut for the Northerns in 2007 playing in the Faithwear Clothing Inter-Provincial One Day Competition. He did not do well but soon after made his first-class debut against the Easterns in the Logan Cup. He played very few games till he completed his education in 2010 and had just one half-century under his belt until then. However, playing full-time cricket got the best out of Raza as he went on to plunder 625 runs at a healthy average of 41 in the 2010-11 domestic season.

He got his chance to play the T20 format for Southern Rocks and made his debut in the 2010 Stanbic Bank T20 competition. He ended the campaign as the leading scorer and his reputation as a dangerous top-order batter kept growing. Over the years he went on to represent several teams around the world in their T20 league competitions. Early in 2011, the selectors decided to include him in their plans and gave him an opportunity in a practice match against Bangladesh in place of Vusi Sibanda, who got injured. Raza made a strong case for himself with his performance and identifying his abilities, the selectors began making efforts to complete his citizenship process.

He was included in the World Cup squad for the 2011 edition but he acquired his citizenship only later that year. It still took him two more years to eventually make his international debut against Bangladesh, beginning with the ODI format first and following it up with a debut in the T20 format on the same tour. He did not get off to the best of starts, but a half-century against a strong Indian lineup soon after showed that he had talent as well as potential. His Test debut came later that year against Pakistan, the country of his birth, and he played well to reach a half-century in his first outing.

He was in and out of the team and the series against Bangladesh in 2014 cemented his place in the side as an opener. He got his maiden ODI century against Afghanistan in 2014 having played a remarkable inning of 141. He participated in the 2015 World Cup where he failed with the bat but his bowling ability became evident. That was the beginning of his journey as an all-rounder who has gone on to serve Zimbabwe cricket for years. In 2017 he orchestrated Zimbabwe’s first-ever five-match bilateral series win away from home against Sri Lanka as he claimed the Player of the Match award in the decider.

He followed this performance with his maiden Test hundred on the same tour in a one-off Test match. Later that year, he picked up his maiden five-wicket haul in Test cricket against the West Indies. In the 2018 Cricket World Cup Qualifier tournament he was awarded the Player of the Tournament award for scoring 319 runs and taking 15 wickets but despite his best efforts, Zimbabwe failed to qualify for the 2019 World Cup. At the start of 2020, Raza gained the record for the second-best bowling figures in an inning by a Zimbabwe bowler in Test cricket with 7 for 113 against Sri Lanka.

Sikandar Raza continues to go all guns blazing with the blade and has settled well into the role of a middle-order batter who can bowl his full quota of overs when required. In an ODI series against Bangladesh in 2022, he smacked consecutive centuries in the first two matches out of three, and both came in a winning cause. His first stint in the Indian T20 League came in the 2023 edition as he was bought by the Punjab franchise at his base price. He played seven matches in that season and won a couple of Player of the Match awards for his side. After that, he improved his game massively becoming the most crucial player for his national side winning them some really important games single-handedly with his all-round shows. In doing so, he also became the player with the most Man of the Match awards in 2023 in T20Is surpassing the great Virat Kohli. Raza performed exceptionally well for every franchise that he played for in this period. Raza was also the most valuable player in the ILT20 2024 scoring 313 runs and picking up 13 wickets. He hopes to continue that form in the 2024 Indian T20 League and get more opportunities to showcase his talent in the best league in the world. His journey from aspiring to serve in the Pakistan Airforce to becoming a long-standing servant of Zimbabwe cricket is one to admire and marvel at.