Owais Alam Shah is a right handed batsman and a right arm offbreak bowler with the England cricket team. He has also played cricket for the England Lions and Middlesex cricket teams. Presently he has been bought by the Rajasthan Royals team to play at the IPL 5 season 2012.
Shah was born in Pakistan and started playing first class cricket in 1996. He made his debut in International cricket in a One day International match against Australia at Bristol in 2001. He scored 28 runs in 24 balls which also included 3 boundaries and remained not out. Australia went on to win the match by 5 wickets.
In 2006, Shah played his first test match against India at Mumbai. He played amazing first innings and scored 88 runs in 163 balls which included 13 boundaries and a six. He was caught by Rahul Dravid off a ball by Harbhajan Singh. In the second innings Shah could only score 38 runs in 117 balls and was run out by Sachin Tendulkar. England went on to win the match by 212 runs.
In 2007, Owais made his first maiden century against India scoring 107 of just 95 runs and staying not out till the end. He took his first wicket in the same match by cleaning up Rahul Dravid the Indian Captain of the team. After this series he lost his form and found himself out of the England Side. Middlesex also discontinued his contract in 2010. He then played for Kolkata Knight Riders for the IPL. Kochi Tuskers had bought him at $ 2,00,000 to play for IPL 2011.
In a total of 71 One day International matches, Shah has scored 1834 runs with a high score of 107* and a strike rate of 78.67. He also has a total of 269 runs with a high score of 88 runs and a strike rate of 41.90 in the 6 test matches that he has played.
Shah was awarded as the Young Cricketer of the Year award, Cricket Writer’s Club, 2001.