Basher Hassan

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Basher Hassan
Personal information
Full name Sheikh Basharat Hassan
Born (1944-03-24) 24 March 1944 (age 73)
Nairobi, Kenya
Nickname Basher
Batting Right-handed
Bowling Right-arm medium
Role Occasional wicketkeeper
Relations Jamil Hassan (son)
Domestic team information
Years Team
1966-1985 Nottinghamshire
Career statistics
Competition FC LA
Matches 332 285
Runs scored 14,394 6,842
Batting average 29.07 28.04
100s/50s 15/83 4/36
Top score 182* 120*
Balls bowled 847 142
Wickets 6 5
Bowling average 67.83 30.20
5 wickets in innings
10 wickets in match
Best bowling 3/33 3/20
Catches/stumpings 310/1 121/3
Source: Cricinfo, 1 November 2010

Sheikh Basharat "Basher" Hassan (born March 24, 1944) in Nairobi, Kenya, was a Kenyan first-class cricketer who played for Nottinghamshire from 1966 to 1985. A right-handed batsman, he made 14,394 runs at an average of 29.07.

After playing club cricket in Kenya, Hassan made his first-class debut for an East African Invitation XI against the Marylebone Cricket Club in 1963. He moved to England and made his debut for Nottinghamshire in 1966 against Oxford University whilst serving the then mandatory period of qualification. Having made 579 runs in 1967 he was forced to sit out the 1968 season when Gary Sobers was engaged. Initially a wicketkeeper, he developed as an opening batsman although he occasionally kept wicket in List A cricket.[1] He was a notable fieldsman; in 1971 Wisden said that "his brilliance in the covers stamped him as one of the outstanding men in this position in the country" and that his team-mates were "fired by the example of the enthusiastic Hassan".[2]

He became a regular member of the Nottinghamshire first team in 1969 and scored 1,000 runs in a season on five occasions and scored fifteen centuries. His highest score was 182 not out against Gloucestershire in 1977. In List A matches his highest was 120 not out against Warwickshire in 1981.

He was 12th man for England in a Test in 1985 at Trent Bridge during the Ashes series after which he retired from county cricket. He was for some years the Nottinghamshire Development Manager.[3]


  1. ^ P. Wynne-Thomas, A History of Nottinghamshire CCC (Helm 1992)
  2. ^ Wisden 1971, pp. 483–84.
  3. ^ Nottinghamshire Yearbook 1988, p. 4

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Further reading[edit]

  • Basharat Hassan, Basher: The Autobiography of Basharat Hassan (2004)