Mohammad Ali Shah (surgeon)

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Syed Muhammad Ali Shah (Urdu: سید محمد علی شاہ‎) (26 October 1946 – 4 February 2013) was a Pakistani orthopaedic surgeon and member of the Pakistan Cricket Board governing board. He was the Provincial Sports Minister of Sindh. He was also the Chief de Mission for Pakistani athletes in the Commonwealth Games 2010.

Background and death[edit]

Shah was born on 26 October 1946 in Bareilly, and belonged to a Sunni family. His father, Syed Asghar Ali Shah, served as a judge for many years.[citation needed]

Surgical career[edit]

Shah returned to Pakistan from England in 1985 and established himself as an orthopedic surgeon in Karachi.[citation needed] He soon set up his own orthopedic and trauma hospital, the AO Clinic.[citation needed] In his career he is estimated to have performed about 76,000 operations.[1]

Political career[edit]

Shah was a member of the Muttahida Qaumi Movement. In the 2008 general election, he was elected to the Sindh Assembly from PS-103 (North Nazimabad, Karachi).[citation needed] He became Minister of Sports of the province of Sindh.[citation needed]


Shah was also known for his passion for the sports of Cricket. He devoted 10 per cent of the AO Clinic's revenues to supporting cricket in Pakistan, and in 1993 he created Asghar Ali Shah Cricket Stadium in North Nazimabad, Karachi. The stadium hosts the Dr Mohammad Ali Shah Night Twenty20 Cricket Tournament every year in the month of Ramadan.[1]

Following an attack on the Sri Lankan cricket team in Lahore in 2009, international cricket experienced a halt in Pakistan as foreign teams refused to tour the country over security concerns.[citation needed] Consequently, the Pakistani cricket team hosted home tournaments in neutral venues such as the United Arab Emirates. In October 2012, Shah was credited as having played an instrumental role in reviving international cricket in the country after a period of three and a half years when, in his capacity as Sindh sports minister, he arranged an international world XI team – consisting of former and current players from Sri Lanka, South Africa, West Indies, United States and Afghanistan – to play two T20 matches against a "Pakistan All Stars" consisting mainly of players from the national team.[citation needed] The games took place in front of packed crowds at the National Stadium, Karachi.[citation needed] While the matches were unofficial, they were seen as a milestone as this was the first instance when foreign players toured Pakistan to play cricket since the attack on the Sri Lankan team.[2][3]


  • Advisor to Governor Sindh
  • President, Pakistan Orthopaedic Association
  • President, Karachi City Cricket Association
  • President, Karachi Region, Pakistan Cricket Board
  • Member, Board of Governors, Pakistan Cricket Board
  • President, Private Hospital and Clinics Association
  • President, Sindh Olympic Association
  • English Cricket Commentator, Radio Pakistan

2010 Commonwealth Games opening ceremony flag controversy[edit]

Shah carried the flag during the opening ceremony of the 2010 Commonwealth Games instead of weightlifter Shujauddin Malik. Pakistan weightlifting manager Rashid Mehmood said the team had considered a boycott in protest at the actions of the official but later withdrew their threat after Pakistan Olympic Association chief, Arif Hasan, assured them Shah would be sanctioned for his actions.


  1. ^ a b Richard Heller and Peter Oborne, White on Green: Celebrating the Drama of Pakistan Cricket, Simon & Schuster, London, 2016, p. 234.
  2. ^ Pakistan back on cricket map
  3. ^ Security tight as high-profile cricket returns to Pakistan

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