Uvais Karnain

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Uvais Karnain
උවයිස් කාර්නයින්
Personal information
Full nameShaul Hameed Uvais Karnain
BornAugust 11, 1962 (1962-08-11) (age 56)
BattingRight-hand bat
BowlingRight-arm medium
International information
National side
ODI debut (cap 38)31 March 1984 v New Zealand
Last ODI29 April 1990 v Pakistan
Career statistics
Competition Test ODI
Matches - 19
Runs scored - 229
Batting average - 19.08
100s/50s -/- -/-
Top score - 41*
Balls bowled - 105.5
Wickets - 16
Bowling average - 31.56
5 wickets in innings - 1
10 wickets in match - n/a
Best bowling - 5/26
Catches/stumpings -/- 1/-
Source: ESPNcricinfo, 1 May 2006

Shaul Hameed Uvais Karnain (born August 11, 1962) is a Sri Lankan former Sri Lankan cricketer who played 19 One Day Internationals (ODI) between 1984 and 1990. Making his ODI debut in 1984 against New Zealand, he took a five-wicket haul, thus becoming the first debutant to do so in ODIs.

Domestic career[edit]

Born in Colombo, Sri Lanka, Karnain started playing first-class cricket for Moors Sports Club and Nondescripts Cricket Club during the 1982–83 season.[1]

International career[edit]

A right arm medium fast bowler, he made his ODI debut in March 1984 against New Zealand at the Tyronne Fernando Stadium, Moratuwa. Batting first, Sri Lanka was struggling at 81 runs for the loss of 6 wickets when Karnain joined Arjuna Ranatunga and scored 28 runs off 24 balls. In the second innings, he took 5 wickets for 26 runs as New Zealand were bowled out for 116 runs. In the event, he became the first player to take a five-wicket haul on ODI debut.[2] His performance with both bat and ball ensured Sri Lanka's victory and earned him a man of the match award.[1] The Wisden Cricketers' Almanack described his performance as a "superb debut".[3]

Karnain was then selected for the World Series Cricket and the World Championship of Cricket, both during the 1984-85 season in Australia. In nine matches that he played in the World Series Cricket, he scored 173 runs at an average of 43.25.[4] Although his performance with the bat earned him a good repute, his performance with the ball was criticized as he conceded a lot many runs in both the tournaments. He was also a part of the Sri Lankan team that lost to India in the Wills Asia Cup in 1988. This was followed by the Austral-Asia Cup which was held in the United Arab Emirates in 1990. The series marked his last appearance in international cricket.

After cricket[edit]

As of April 2015, Karnain was one of the members of the selection committee of the Sri Lanka women's national cricket team.[5]

International record[edit]

ODI 5 Wicket hauls[edit]

# Figures Match Opponent Venue City Country Year
1 5/26 1  New Zealand Tyronne Fernando Stadium Moratuwa Sri Lanka 1984

International awards[edit]

One-Day International Cricket[edit]

Man of the Match awards[edit]

No Opponent Venue Date Match Performance Result
1 New Zealand Tyronne Fernando Stadium, Moratuwa 31 March 1984 28 (24 balls: 3x4, 1x6); 8-1-26-5  Sri Lanka won by 41 runs.[6]


  1. ^ a b P Jayasekera, Johann. "Sri Lanka / Players / Shaul Karnain". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 19 June 2015.
  2. ^ "Statistics / Statsguru / One-Day Internationals / Bowling records". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 19 June 2015.
  3. ^ "Second One-day International Sri Lanka v New Zealand 1983-84". Wisden Cricketers' Almanack. reprinted by ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 19 June 2015.
  4. ^ "Statistics / Statsguru / SHU Karnain / One-Day Internationals". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 19 June 2015.
  5. ^ Fidel Fernando, Andrew. "Woutersz named SL team manager for Pakistan, India series". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 19 June 2015.
  6. ^ "1983-1984 Sri Lanka v New Zealand - 2nd Match - Moratuwa".