Pakistani borne Sikandar Raza becomes the survivor of the soul for Zimbabwe cricket in the post fair skinned era. Cricketers the like of famous Flower brothers, Craig Wishart and Alastair Campbell all lost their spots in the Rhodesian cricket when an anti-white sentiment turned into some kind of revolution in the southern African state. [নিউজটি বাংলায় পড়ুনঃ ‘সাকিবের প্রতি আমার অগাধ সম্মান’]
31 year old Raza, debuted in 2003 played only 10 Test matches since Zimbabwe has had a hard luck in international fixtures.
But Sikandar Raza proved his all-round ability across formats; besides a single Test century, he has three tons in the limited over cricket as well.
The right handed batsman and right handed off break bowler carries the average of 38.10 in Test cricket and 34.68 in ODI cricket.
When he was said to be the ‘Shakib Al Hasan of Zimbabwe’, Sikandar Raza moderately refused any such comparison and reckoned there are much things to be learned from Shakib.
“I respect Shakib Al Hasan a lot. He brought a heck of rare glories for Bangladesh. It’s not only me but the whole cricket world acknowledge him as the best all-rounder in this moment. I never like people mentioning me as Shakib of Zimbabwe. He is a great performer. He is such a cricketer from whom many things are still to be learnt,” Sikandar Raza said.
Appreciating the playing conditions in Bangladesh, Raza said, “Considering of playing cricket, the opportunities here are quite incredible. And I have many friends here from in and outside of cricket. It’s always nice to visit here,” he added.