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Basit Ali
Personal information
Born December 13, 1970 (1970-12-13) (age 43)
Karachi, Sindh
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Right-arm offbreak
Career statistics
Competition Tests ODIs
Matches 19 50
Runs scored 858 1265
Batting average 26.81 34.18
100s/50s 1/5 1/9
Top score 103 127*
Balls bowled 6 30
Wickets - 1
Bowling average - 21.00
5 wickets in innings - -
10 wickets in match - n/a
Best bowling - 1/17
Catches/stumpings 6/- 15/-
Source: Cricinfo[1], 4 February 2006

Basit Ali (Urdu: باسط علی, born December 13, 1970, in Karachi, Sindh) is a former Pakistani cricketer who played in 19 Tests and 50 ODIs from 1993 to 1996. He was recognized by many to have a similar batting style as Javed Miandad. A right-hander, he has the relatively uncommon statistic of having a higher ODI than Test batting average. Strong through the covers and point, Ali was also a nerveless hooker and puller against the fast bowlers.

Ali was a successful junior cricketer, at one time holding the record for most hundreds in a Karachi zonal league season.[2] He debuted for Pakistan aged 22 in March 1993, playing both ODI and Test cricket in a tour of the Caribbean. For similarities and batting styles and temperament, he was initially seen as the one who'd take the mantle of Pakistani batting from Javed Miandad. He went on to play in 19 Tests but made just the one Test century, against New Zealand in 1993-94.

An aggressive risk taker, he was a regular in the Pakistani ODI side for a while in the mid 90's. In November 1993 he scored the then second fastest One Day International century in history, with a 67 ball effort against the West Indies at Sharjah. He took 5 more balls as compared to the record of Mohammad Azharuddin who took 62 balls. Basit Ali finished on 127 not out. Aamir sohail was acting captain in that match.[3]

He became involved in the Pakistani match fixing scandal which ended the career of Saleem Malik. Ali and Rashid Latif accused Pakistani players of match-fixing as well as facing allegations against themselves.[4] He was forced into a premature retirement.


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Thu, 27 Nov 2014 17:30:02 -0800

Former Pakistan batsman and SNGPL head coach, Basit Ali, told Dawn that his charges were shell-shocked by the sad demise of Hughes and hence their focus was not on the game. “Indeed, like the rest of the game's followers, all of us are devastated by ...

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Tue, 25 Nov 2014 10:22:30 -0800

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Mon, 20 Oct 2014 09:21:22 -0700

Karachi: Former test batsman Basit Ali is predicting a return to form by Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq in the first test against Australia in Dubai that starts on Wednesday because he has put on some weight. The coach of the Sui Northern Gas team that ...


Sun, 23 Nov 2014 17:22:45 -0800

... championship (a grand tally of 146 runs from 11 innings at 13.27) and the big names on international duty, SNGPL have still managed to sustain themselves under the shrewd guidance of their head coach Basit Ali, the former Pakistan batsman of the 1990s.


Fri, 21 Nov 2014 17:16:57 -0800

Arguably the strongest outfit on the first-class circuit in the country over the past three seasons, SNGPL — who are coached by former Pakistan batsman Basit Ali — extended their tally of points to 51 with their sixth victory in seven matches by ...

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Fri, 07 Nov 2014 11:16:14 -0800

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Fri, 14 Nov 2014 08:41:15 -0800

Lahore Eagles floundered a fourth-innings chase of 165, going down to Karachi Zebras by just seven runs in the Group I encounter. Basit Ali wrecked the Eagles' innings with his 5 for 44, ensuring Eagles paid heavily for another middling batting ...

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Fri, 13 Dec 2013 09:59:29 -0800

The enigma that was Basit Ali was born on December 13, 1970. Abhishek Mukherjee looks at a career that met a premature end amidst the gloom of match-fixing. Basit Ali always made batting look easy. Basit Ali was one of the cleanest strokeplayers of his ...

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