We are proud to introduce our extravagant and classy England international batsman
Shah finally made his Test debut against India in the final match at Mumbai. Following Michael Vaughan’s return home due to injury early in the tour, Shah was drafted in as a replacement and made a composed and vital 88 in a memorable victory. A stylish and classical batsman who seemed to have the world at his feet as a teenager, he was compared in ability to the young Mark Ramprakash. Shah made his first-class debut in 1996, and at the end of the promising summer, Wisden praised his “abundant promise”. His county cap followed, but back-to-back seasons with averages in the mid 20s ended with him being dropped by Middlesex in 2000.
He bounced back in 2001 in fine form, and was drafted into England’s one-day side in the NatWest Series where he looked at ease, especially when making 62 against Pakistan at Lord’s. Even though he toured as part of England’s one-day squad to Zimbabwe and New Zealand that winter, his chances were limited. He was overlooked in 2002, but again played a few one-dayers the following winter in the ICC Knock-out Trophy and in the VB Series, but he found it almost impossible to forge a place in the side. Another solid season followed, but others edged ahead of him in the pecking order, However, a feast of runs in 2005 (1728 runs at a healthy average of 66.46) led to his inclusion in the England A tour of the Caribbean in 2006, and ultimately his Test debut.
Good county form and half-centuries in the home ODIs against New Zealand ensured he travelled to India at the end of 2008, and he finally got his opportunity in the Caribbean.
Shah’s will bring along with him his experience he took stints in Australia’s Big Bash, IPL league and the Bangladesh Premier League as he moved towards a career as a T20 specialist. That prophecy was fulfilled at the end of the 2013 season, when he announced his retirement from first-class cricket. We are extremely fortunate to have Owais shah part of our coaching team at the ICM.
Team: England International/ Middlesex/ Essex/ IPL/ Big Bash/ BPL
Test matches: 6
ODI Matches: 71
First class: 252:
First class runs: 16357