He was born in Karachi, when it was still part of British India. He studied at St Patrick's High School, Karachi. He played cricket as a right-hand batsman and a leg-break bowler. He played for the Sindh main first class team from 1932/33 and1938/39 and the Maharashtra main first class team from 1936/37 and1939/40. Between 1932 and 1943 he played 25 first class matches. Between 1953 and 1957 he umpired 6 first class matches as well.
The Jacob Harris Shield Inter School Cricket Tournament was started in his honour in Karachi in 2009. 40 schools participated in the tournament.
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