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List of English Muslim Cricketers


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Looking for a list of English Muslim cricketers? Look no further! This article gives information about cricketers who have made a significant impact on the sport of cricket and have been an inspiration to Muslim athletes around the world.

English Muslim Cricketers

Since the late 1990s, a number of Muslim cricketers have played for the England cricket team. This is a list of English Muslim cricketers.

The increase in the number of Muslim cricketers in the England team has been welcomed by many as a sign of increasing diversity in the sport. For some Muslims, playing cricket for England is seen as a way to show that they are just as English as anyone else.

Most of the Muslim cricketers to have played for England have been of Pakistani descent, such as Zafar Ansari, Moeen Ali, and Adil Rashid. However, there have also been players from other backgrounds, such as Nasser Hussain who is an Indian who moved to England when he was a young child.

List of English Muslim Cricketers Include:

– Moeen Ali

– Adil Rashid

– Zafar Ansari

– Saqib Mahmood

– Haseeb Hameed

1. Moeen Ali

NameMoeen Munir Ali
Birth18 June 1987
BattingLeft- handed
BowlingRight-arm Off-break
RoleBatting all-rounder
International Test Debut12 June 2014 vs Sri Lanka
ODI Debut28 February 2014 vs West Indies
T20I Debut11 March 2014 vs West Indies
Runs Scored17,062
No. of Matches438
Years Played2005-present

Moeen Ali (born June 18, 1987) is an English cricketer. Ali was born in Birmingham to a Muslim Pakistani family. His parents moved to England from Pakistan in the 1970s. Ali grew up in Solihull and attended school at Our Lady of Lourdes RC High School, where he was captain of the cricket team. He then studied Sports Science at Middlesex University.

He is a left-handed batsman and right-arm off-spin bowler. Moeen plays county cricket for Worcestershire. He has also played for England in Test, One Day International, and Twenty20 International cricket.

Ali made his first-class debut for Warwickshire in 2006 against Durham UCCE. In his second match, he scored 101 not out, becoming the first Muslim to score a first-class century in England.

Moeen joined Worcestershire ahead of the 2007 season. In 2010, he was named one of five Cricketers of the Year by Wisden Cricketers’ Almanack. He was also named the PCA Players’ Player of the Year and the Cricket Writers’ Club Young Cricketer of the Year.

In 2014, Moeen was selected as part of England’s Test squad to tour Sri Lanka. He made his Test debut in the first Test of the series, taking 5 wickets for 63 runs in Sri Lanka’s first innings. This was his maiden five-wicket haul in Test cricket.

2. Adil Rashid

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NameAdil Usman Rashid
Birth17 February 1988
BowlingRight-arm leg break
International Test Debut13 October 2015 vs Pakistan
ODI Debut27 August 2009 vs Ireland
T20I Debut5 June 2009 vs Netherlands
Runs Scored8110
No. of Matches382
Years Played2006-present

Adil Rashid (born 17 February 1988) is an English cricketer who plays for Yorkshire and England. He is a leg-spin bowler who bats right-handed.

Rashid made his debut for Yorkshire in 2006 and played for them until 2014 when he joined Surrey. He rejoined Yorkshire in 2016. In July 2009, Rashid was selected to play for England Lions on their tour of Australia. Later he returned to international cricket in the year 2014.

Rashid made his Test debut against Pakistan in Abu Dhabi in October 2015, taking three wickets in the first innings. In January 2017, he was named to England’s Test squad for their series against India. In the second Test of the series, he became the first English leg-spin bowler to take a five-wicket haul in India, taking 5/64 in the second innings.

3. Zafar Ansari

NameZafar Shahaan Ansari
Birth10 December 1991
BowlingSlow left-arm orthodox
International Test Debut28 October 2016 vs Bangladesh
ODI Debut8 May 2015 vs Ireland
Runs Scored3877
No. of Matches117
Years Played2010-2017

Ansari was born on 10 December 1991 in Feltham, London to a Pakistani father and an English mother. He was educated at The Oratory School and went on to study History at Trinity Hall, Cambridge.

Ansari is a practicing Muslim and has spoken about the challenges of being a Muslim sportsman in the UK. In August 2017, he was appointed as an Ambassador for the Lord’s Taverners, a charity that uses sports to engage young people from disadvantaged backgrounds.

He is a left-handed batsman and right-arm off-spin bowler. Ansari made his first-class debut in 2011 and played his first Test match in 2016 against Bangladesh. He scored his maiden Test century in the second innings of that match.

In February 2017, Ansari announced his retirement from cricket, citing “mental health and well-being” as the main reasons behind his decision.

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4. Saqib Mahmood

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NameSaqib Mahmood
Birth25 February 1997
BowlingRight-arm fast
International Test Debut16 March 2022 vs West Indies
ODI Debut9 February 2020 vs South Africa
T20I Debut3 November 2019 vs New Zealand
Runs Scored505
No. of Matches71
Years Played2015-present

Saqib Mahmood (born 18 October 1993) is an English cricketer. He made his Test debut for England in 2022, against West Indies. He made his debut for England in the 2019 Twenty20 International (T20I) series against New Zealand.

A right-arm fast bowler, Mahmood has played for Lancashire since 2015 and has also represented England Lions. He was named in England’s squad for the 2019 Cricket World Cup but did not play in any matches.

5. Haseeb Hameed

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NameHaseeb Hameed
Birth17 January 1997
BowlingRight-arm leg break
RoleOpening batsman
International Test Debut9 November 2016 vs India
Runs Scored6,849
No. of Matches141
Years Played2015-present

Haseeb Hameed was born on the 17th of January 1997 and is an English cricketer who plays for Lancashire County Cricket Club. He made his Test debut for England against India in November 2016, becoming the youngest English batsman to score a Test century on debut.

Born in Bolton, Greater Manchester, Hameed was educated at Turton High School and Bolton School. He made his first-class debut for Lancashire in 2015 and scored his maiden century against Durham in August 2016. He was called up to the England squad for their Test series against Bangladesh in October 2016 but did not play.

However, he made his Test debut the following month against India, scoring centuries in both innings of the second Test match; the first English batsman to do so on debut since Len Hutton in 1937. He missed the remainder of the series due to a broken finger, which required surgery.

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6. Nasser Hussain

NameNasser Hussain
Birth28 March 1968
BowlingRight-arm leg break
RoleTop-order batsman
International Test Debut24 February 1990 vs West Indies
ODI Debut30 October 1989 vs pakistan
Runs Scored39,526
No. of Matches882
Years Played1987-2004

Nasser Hussain was an English cricketer and captain of the England cricket team from 1999 to 2003. He participated in 88 One Day Internationals and 96 Test matches for England. Hussain was born in Madras, India, to Indian parents and brought up in Essex. He is married to Claire Taylor, an Englishwoman, and they have three children.

Hussain made his Test debut against the West Indies at Lord’s in 1990 but he struggled against pace bowling and was dropped after two Tests. He was a right-handed batter who also occasionally bowled right-arm leg break. He returned to the England side in 1992 and scored a century against New Zealand at Old Trafford. However, he failed to cement his place in the team and was dropped again. It wasn’t until 1996 that Hussain finally established himself as a regular member of the England side.

Hussain was captain of England when they won the Ashes in 2001 and regained the Ashes in 2005. He retired from cricket in 2006.

In conclusion, it is safe to say that there is a significant number of English Muslim cricketers who have made an impact on the sport. The list of English Muslim cricketers above proves that Islam and cricket can go hand-in-hand and that Muslim cricketers are not only talented but also dedicated to their sport. These players are an inspiration to young Muslims who dream of one day playing for England.



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