Qasim Umar

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Qasim Umar
Cricket information
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Right-arm medium
Career statistics
Competition Tests ODIs
Matches 26 31
Runs scored 1502 642
Batting average 36.63 22.92
100s/50s 3/5 -/4
Top score 210 69
Balls bowled 6
Bowling average
5 wickets in innings
10 wickets in match n/a
Best bowling
Catches/stumpings 15/- 4/-
Source: [1], 4 February 2006

Qasim Ali Umar (Urdu: قاسم عمر‎; born February 9, 1957, Nairobi, Kenya) is a former Pakistani cricketer who played in 26 Tests and 31 ODIs from 1983 to 1987.[1] Umar played his cricket both as an opening batsman as well as with the ability to bat anywhere in the middle order. He matriculated from the prestigious private boys school, St Paul's English High School, on a Cricket scholarship in 1974.

Born in Kenya, he migrated to Pakistan with his family in 1957. His mother was Kenyan, and due to his East African features, he was often mistaken as a member of the Sheedi community.[2][3]


In 1985–86 he became the first player to make claims on the impact of recreational and performance-enhancing drugs in cricket.[4]

Umar also accepted taking gifts[5] and accused his team-mates of indulging in sexual relations with prostitutes [6][7] in return for underperforming in certain matches.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Qasim Umar: Pakistan batsman who was one of the earliest to speak against match-fixing in cricket
  2. ^ Pakistan's whistle-blower, BBC
  3. ^ "The wrong World Cup". 14 June 2010. Retrieved 8 August 2015. No, one-drop batsman Qasim Umar was not a Sheedi, he only looked like one because of his Kenyan mother. 
  4. ^ Viv took drugs
  5. ^ Omar points finger at bookies
  6. ^ Call girls to be questioned in cricket scandal | UK news | The Observer
  7. ^ Pakistan cricket: great rivalries and bust ups