Antao D'Souza

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Antao D'Souza
Personal information
Full nameAntao D'Souza
Born (1939-01-17) 17 January 1939 (age 80)
Nagoa, Goa, Portuguese India
(now India)
BowlingRight-arm medium
Right-arm off-break
International information
National side
Test debut (cap 29)20 February 1959 v West Indies
Last Test20 August 1962 v England
Career statistics
Competition Test F/C
Matches 6 61
Runs scored 76 815
Batting average 38.00 18.95
100s/50s 0/0 0/0
Top score 23* 45
Balls bowled 1587 11738
Wickets 17 190
Bowling average 43.82 26.03
5 wickets in innings 1 12
10 wickets in match 0 1
Best bowling 5/112 7/33
Catches/stumpings 3/- 20/-
Source: Cricinfo, 29 October 2012

Antao D'Souza (born 17 January 1939) is a Pakistani Canadian former cricketer who played in six Tests for the Pakistan cricket team, from 1959 to 1962. He was the second Christian from four Christians to play Test cricket for Pakistan.[1] He was a medium pace bowler and obdurate tail-end batsman.

Born and raised in Nagoa, Salcete, Goa (at the time part of Portuguese India), D'Souza's father emigrated to Karachi, Pakistan, at the time of independence in 1947, where D'Souza attended St Patrick's High School.[2] His brothers, Vincent D'Souza and Joseph D'Souza, also played first-class cricket.

D'Souza toured England in 1962, heading the batting averages (53) as he remained not out in five of his six innings. His bowling was as ineffective as everyone else on that tour, which Pakistan lost 0–4. Domestically, D'Souza played for Pakistan International Airlines, Karachi Blues, Karachi, and Peshawar.[3]

Given a minimum of ten innings, D'Souza is one of only two Test cricketers whose batting averages exceeded their highest score.[4] The other was the Indian cricketer Sadashiv Shinde.[4]

In 1999, D'Souza emigrated with his wife and four children to Ontario, Canada.[2]


  1. ^ Wisden. Engel, Matthew (ed.). Wisden Cricketers' Almanack, 132nd edition (1995 ed.). London: John Wisden & Co Ltd. p. 1388.
  2. ^ a b Dias, Jude (2011) Goan who Shone on the International Cricket Arena Archived 23 January 2013 at the Wayback MachineNavhind Times online. Published 17 April 2011. Retrieved 29 October 2012.
  3. ^ Teams Antao D'Souza played for – CricketArchive. Retrieved 29 October 2012.
  4. ^ a b Frindall, Bill (2009). Ask Bearders. BBC Books. pp. 91–92. ISBN 978-1-84607-880-4.