Black and Asian cricketers in the England team

Robert Henderson

There has been an upsurge in politically correct complaining about the lack of black  and Asian England players. 

Below are the Test averages of black and  Asian players who have  played Test  cricket for England since 1980.

Before 1980 the only Asian players who turned out for England were Ranjitsinhji, Duleepsinhji,  the elder  Nawab of Patuadi and Ramon Subba Row. I exclude them because  they  played in time of the British Empire and Imperial feeling. 

Only one black player  turned out for England before the 1980s . He was Basil D’Oliveira. I have excluded him because his situation was unique amongst black cricketers wanting to play for England.

The mediocrity is very obvious.  That is why  there are not any black players in the England side and precious few in county cricket.

Turning to the statistics for the black and Asian players   since 1980 what is readily  apparent is the overwhelming evidence of mediocrity. 

Only one batsman batsman managed an average of 40  (Haseeb  Hameeed  from only 3 Tests)  and only two Nasser Hussain and Mark Butcher scored a thousand runs with an average of 34 or better .

Things were no brighter on the bowling front with only one player (Dean Headley ) managing an average better than  33 for players taking 50 wickets or more .

The reason for there being few black and Asian cricketers playing for county cricket or for England today is simple, mediocrity.

Robert Henderson

Black Players   (14)

Batting

                                   Matches       Inns            NO         Runs      HS           Ave        100         50          

  Neil Williams              1                  1                0              38           38           38.             –            –     

Mark Butcher               71 131         7              4288       173*      34.58     8              23          

M Carberry                         6              12           0              345         60           28.75     –              1             

C  Lewis                           32                51           3              1105       117         23.02       1              4

C G Small                            17             24           7              263         59           15.47        –            1

P DeFreita s                        44           68           5              934         88           14.82      –             4

Roland Butcher              3 5              0              71           32           14.20          –        –

Wilf Slack                          3 6              0              81           52           13.50         –        1

David Lawrence              5                6              0              60           34           10.00           –        –

Jofra  Archer                  8                  14           0              120         30           8.57             –        –

D Headley                       15                26           4              186         31             8.45             –      –  –        

N Cowans                        19               29           7              175         36           7.95                –         –

 D Malolm                        40               58           19           236         29           6.05                 –        –

 J Benjamin                         1              1              0              0              0              0.00                –          –

Bowling

                        Mat                Inns       Balls       Runs      Wkts      Ave        5w          10wm

J Benjamin          1              2             168            80            4         20.00         –           –

D Headley           15           23           3026       1671       60           27.85       1            –

Jofra Archer        8             15           1878       928         33           28.12        3             –

P DeFreitas         44           76           9838       4700       140         33.57        2             –  

G S Small                17         31           3927       1871       55           34.01       4            –

M Butcher            71          30           901         541         15           36.06         –           =

D Malcolm           40           72           8480       4748       128         37.09         5            2

D Lawrence        5              10           1089       676         18           37.55         –             –

 C Lewis             32              55           6852       3490       93           37.52           3        –

N Cowans           19            36           3452       2003       51           39.27           2           –

Neil Williams       1             1              246         148         2              74.00       –            –

Asian players  (17)

Batting

                                          Mat              Inns       NO         Runs      HS           Ave        100         50

Haseeb  Hameeed           3             6              1              219         82           43.80     –              2             

Nasser  Hussain            96                171         16           5764       207         37.18     14           33

Ravi Bopara                   13 19           1              575         143         31.94     3              –

Moeen  Ali                    60 104         8              2782       155*      28.97     5              14

M Ramprakash            52 92           6              2350       154         27.32     2             12          

Owais Shah                     6 10           0              269         88           26.90        –           2             

Min Patel                           2                2              0              45           27           22.50   –                   –

Adil Rashid                     19                33           5              540         61           19.28        –           2

Ronnie Irani                   3              5  0              86           41           17.20          –      –

Usman Afzaal                  3                6              1              83           54           16.60        –            1             

Zafar Ansari                     3 5              0              49           32           9.80            –          –

Aftab Habib                     2 3              0              26           19           8.66            –         

Sajid Mahmood             8 11           1              81           34           8.10        –          –

Ajmal Shahzad                  1              1              0              5              5              5.00       

Kabir Ali                                1              2              0              10           9              5.00           –          –

Monty Panesar               50             68           23           220         26           4.88            –          –

Amjad Khan                      1               –            –               –                             –            –         –

Bowling

                               Mat         Inns       Balls       Runs      Wkts      Ave        5w          10

Ajmal Shahzad        1        2              102         63           4              15.75        –             –

Kabir Al i                   1              2         216         136         5              27.20       

Monty  Panesar       50    85           12475    5797       167        34 71      12            2-        

Moeen Ali              60        105         10972    6624       181         36.59     5             1

Sajid Mahmood        8      14           1130       762         20           38.10         –           –

Adil Rashid         19           34           3816       2390       60           39.83     2              – 

Usman Afzaal        3          1              54           49           1              49.00      –             –

Zafar Ansai           3            5              408         275         5              55.00    

M Rampracash      52       25           895         477         4              119.25     –            –

Amjad Khan       1              2              174         122         1              122.  .00            

Min Patel             2             4              276         180             1         180.00        –          –

Ravi Bopara             13      10          434         290         1              290.00   –    –

Oais Shah             6             2              30           31           0                             

Nasser Hussain   96          1              30           15           0   

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