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Riazat Ali Shah

Riazat Ali Shah
Personal information
Born (1998-02-20) 20 February 1998 (age 26)
Gilgit, Gilgit-Baltistan, Pakistan
BowlingRight-arm medium
International information
National side
T20I debut (cap 9)20 May 2019 v Botswana
Last T20I19 December 2023 v Kenya
Career statistics
Competition T20I LA T20
Matches 57 15 61
Runs scored 1,212 234 1,285
Batting average 34.62 26.00 34.72
100s/50s 0/4 0/2 0/4
Top score 98* 59 98*
Balls bowled 748 552 808
Wickets 40 19 43
Bowling average 21.27 22.15 22.00
5 wickets in innings 0 0 0
10 wickets in match 0 0 0
Best bowling 4/12 4/38 4/12
Catches/stumpings 21/– 9/– 23/–
Source: Cricinfo, 16 January 2024

Riazat Ali Shah (born 20 February 1998) is a Pakistani-born Ugandan cricketer who plays for the Uganda national cricket team.[1][2] He is an all-rounder who bats right-handed and bowls right-arm medium pace.

Early life

Shah was born on 20 February 1998 in Gilgit, Pakistan, the son of Meger Nigar and Hiyadat Shah.[3] He is an Isma'ili muslim.[4] He played cricket at the under-19 level for Gilgit-Baltistan and Islamabad.[5]

International career

Shah moved to Uganda at the age of 16,[3] where he began playing for Aziz Damani Sports Club in Kampala.[4]

In April 2018, he was named in Uganda's squad for the 2018 ICC World Cricket League Division Four tournament in Malaysia.[6] He played in Uganda's opening match of the tournament, against Malaysia.[7] In July 2018, he was part of Uganda's squad in the Eastern sub-region group for the 2018–19 ICC World Twenty20 Africa Qualifier tournament.[8] He was named the player of the tournament for the Eastern group.[9]

In September 2018, he was named in Uganda's squad for the 2018 Africa T20 Cup.[10][11] He made his Twenty20 debut for Uganda in the 2018 Africa T20 Cup on 14 September 2018.[12] The following month, he was named in Uganda's squad for the 2018 ICC World Cricket League Division Three tournament in Oman.[13] He was the joint-leading wicket-taker for Uganda in the tournament, with six dismissals in five matches.[14]

In May 2019, Shah was named in Uganda's squad for the Regional Finals of the 2018–19 ICC T20 World Cup Africa Qualifier tournament in Uganda.[15][16][17] He made his Twenty20 International (T20I) debut against Botswana on 20 May 2019.[18] He finished as the leading run-scorer in the Regional Finals, with 140 runs in four matches.[19]

In July 2019, he was one of twenty-five players named in the Ugandan training squad, ahead of the Cricket World Cup Challenge League fixtures in Oman.[20] In November 2019, he was named in Uganda's squad for the Cricket World Cup Challenge League B tournament in Oman.[21] He made his List A debut, for Uganda against Jersey, on 2 December 2019.[22] In November 2021, he was named in Uganda's squad for the Regional Final of the 2021 ICC Men's T20 World Cup Africa Qualifier tournament in Rwanda.[23] In May 2022, he was named in Uganda's side for the 2022 Uganda Cricket World Cup Challenge League B tournament.[24]


  1. ^ "Riazat Ali Shah". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 5 May 2018.
  2. ^ "Uganda makes changes to team for Cricket Builds Hope tournament". Kawowo Sports. Retrieved 5 May 2018.
  3. ^ a b Bagaya, Alvin (19 July 2018). "The Rise of Riazat Ali Shah". Uganda Cricket. Retrieved 11 July 2022.
  4. ^ a b "Riazat Ali Shah - Our Ugandan National Cricketer". The Ismaili. 19 June 2018. Retrieved 11 July 2022.
  5. ^ "Riazat Ali Shah". Pakistan Cricket Board. Retrieved 11 July 2022.
  6. ^ "Karashani has faith in Malaysian charge". Daily Monitor. 20 April 2018. Retrieved 20 April 2018.
  7. ^ "1st match, ICC World Cricket League Division Four at Kuala Lumpur, Apr 29 2018". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 5 May 2018.
  8. ^ "Uganda Squad: Players". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 9 July 2018.
  9. ^ "Rwanda sets the standard for Africa in World T20 Qualifiers". International Cricket Council. Retrieved 16 July 2018.
  10. ^ "Uganda Cricket names Africa T20 squad". Kawowo Sports. Retrieved 5 September 2018.
  11. ^ "Team Uganda preview". Cricket South Africa. Archived from the original on 13 September 2018. Retrieved 13 September 2018.
  12. ^ "Pool A, Africa T20 Cup at Pietermaritzburg, Sep 14 2018". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 14 September 2018.
  13. ^ "Otwani gets nod ahead of Achelam on final 14 for Division 3 Qualifiers". Kawowo. Retrieved 19 October 2018.
  14. ^ "ICC World Cricket League Division Three, 2018/19 - Uganda: Batting and bowling averages". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 19 November 2018.
  15. ^ "Uganda Cricket names squad for Africa T20 World Cup Qualifiers". Eagle Online. Retrieved 6 May 2019.
  16. ^ "Arinaitwe named in Cricket Cranes squad for Africa T20 World Cup Qualifiers". Kawowo Sports. Retrieved 6 May 2019.
  17. ^ "African men in Uganda for T20 showdown". International Cricket Council. Retrieved 18 May 2019.
  18. ^ "6th Match, ICC Men's T20 World Cup Africa Region Final at Kampala, May 20 2019". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 20 May 2019.
  19. ^ "ICC Men's T20 World Cup Africa Region Final, 2019: Most runs". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 24 May 2019.
  20. ^ "Paternott Called To Cricket Cranes Squad For World Challenge League". Cricket Uganda. Archived from the original on 23 July 2019. Retrieved 23 July 2019.
  21. ^ "Brian Masaba To Lead Cricket Cranes, Hamu Kayondo Misses Out On Final 14". Cricket Uganda. Archived from the original on 26 December 2019. Retrieved 23 November 2019.
  22. ^ "1st Match, CWC Challenge League Group B at Al Amerat, Dec 2 2019". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 2 December 2019.
  23. ^ "Brian Masaba to lead Cricket Cranes In Kigali". Kawowo. Retrieved 12 November 2021.
  24. ^ @CricketUganda (18 May 2022). "Our final 14 for the ICC Cricket Challenge League Tournament" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
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