Open main menu

Syed Aamir Kaleem (born 20 November 1981) is an Omani cricketer. Born and raised in Pakistan, Aamir made his debut for the Omani national side in April 2010, aged 28, and has played regularly for the team since then.

Aamir Kaleem
Personal information
Full nameSyed Aamir Kaleem
Born (1981-11-20) 20 November 1981 (age 37)
Karachi, Sindh, Pakistan
BattingLeft-handed
BowlingSlow left-arm orthodox
RoleAll-rounder
International information
National side
  • Oman (2010–present)
ODI debut (cap 13)15 August 2019 v Scotland
Last ODI18 August 2019 v Scotland
T20I debut (cap 1)25 July 2015 v Afghanistan
Last T20I17 February 2019 v Scotland
Career statistics
Competition T20I T20
Matches 9 23
Runs scored 161 322
Batting average 23.00 20.12
100s/50s 0/0 0/1
Top score 46* 59
Balls bowled 102 294
Wickets 5 11
Bowling average 28.40 33.81
5 wickets in innings 0 0
10 wickets in match n/a n/a
Best bowling 4/36 4/36
Catches/stumpings 5/– 9/–
Source: ESPNCricinfo, 18 August 2019

Early careerEdit

Born in Karachi, Aamir, a left-handed batsman and left-arm orthodox spinner, played underage matches for several Karachi-based sides. Although he was 20 years old at the time, he played a single match for the Karachi Greens under-19s side in Pakistan's Grade-II Under-19 Tournament in September 2002.[1] The following year, Aamir, now 21, played under-19 district matches for Karachi's Zone IV. He captained the side in one match, against Zone III, and scored 101 not out from a team total of 213, coming in third in the batting order.[2] His Zone IV teammates in later matches included two future Pakistan Test players, Khurram Manzoor and Fawad Alam.[3] Aamir played no senior-level matches in Pakistani domestic competitions, with his last under-19 match in the country coming in July 2003.[1]

Move to OmanEdit

After emigrating to Oman, Aamir made his debut for the national side in the 2010 ACC Trophy Elite tournament, scoring 42 runs from three 50-over matches.[4] He established himself in the side at the 2011 ACC Twenty20 Cup, where Oman placed third to qualify for the 2012 World Twenty20 Qualifier. At the ACC Twenty20 Cup, Aamir played exclusively as a bowler, and took 10 wickets at an average of 9.40.[5] He was man of the match in two games, taking 3/18 from three overs against Malaysia,[6] and then 3/11 from three overs against Nepal, helping Oman to a two-run win in the third-place playoff.[7]

At the 2012 World Twenty20 Qualifier, Aamir played in all seven of Oman's group matches, as well as the 15th-place playoff against Denmark, which Oman won to record its only victory of the tournament. He scored 76 runs and took three wickets,[8][9] in his (and Oman's) only Twenty20 matches to date.[10] Aamir has since appeared for Oman in several other ACC and ICC tournaments.[1] Notable performances have included 4/15 from eight overs against Italy in the 2013 World Cricket League Division Three tournament,[11] as well two man-of-the-match performances in the 2014 ACC Premier League – 42 not out and 3/37 against Malaysia,[12] and 4/36 against Nepal.[13] After the 2013 WCL Division Three tournament, where Oman was relegated to 2014 Division Four, Aamir Kaleem, fellow Karachiite Aamer Ali, and Munis Ansari were described as the "silver lining on the tour which many would like to forget as a dark chapter in Oman cricket". As of 2013, Aamir Kaleem and Aamer Ali were employed and sponsored by the Passage to India restaurant in Muscat.[14]

In 2015, Aamir played for Oman at the 2015 ICC World Twenty20 Qualifier, with he and the team subsequently making their Twenty20 International debuts for Oman against Afghanistan in the fifth-place playoff.[15]

In July 2019, he was named in Oman's One Day International (ODI) squad for the 2019 Scotland Tri-Nation Series.[16] He made his ODI debut for Oman, against Scotland, on 15 August 2019.[17] In September 2019, he was named in Oman's squad for the 2019 ICC T20 World Cup Qualifier tournament.[18]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c Miscellaneous matches played by Aamer Kaleem (45) – CricketArchive. Retrieved 1 February 2015.
  2. ^ Karachi Zone III Under-19s v Karachi Zone IV Under-19s, Inter-District Under 19 Tournament 2003 (Karachi Region) – CricketArchive. Retrieved 1 February 2015.
  3. ^ Karachi Zone IV Under-19s v Karachi Zone VII Under-19s, Inter-District Under 19 Tournament 2003 (Karachi Region) – CricketArchive. Retrieved 1 February 2015.
  4. ^ Batting and Fielding in Asian Cricket Council Trophy Elite 2009/10 (Ordered by Runs) – CricketArchive. Retrieved 1 February 2015.
  5. ^ Bowling in Asian Cricket Council Twenty20 Cup 2011/12 (Ordered by Wickets) – CricketArchive. Retrieved 1 February 2015.
  6. ^ Malaysia v Oman, Asian Cricket Council Twenty20 Cup 2011/12 (Group A) – CricketArchive. Retrieved 1 February 2015.
  7. ^ Nepal v Oman, Asian Cricket Council Twenty20 Cup 2011/12 (3rd Place Play-off) – CricketArchive. Retrieved 1 February 2015.
  8. ^ Bowling in ICC World Twenty20 Qualifier 2011/12 (Ordered by Wickets) – CricketArchive. Retrieved 1 February 2015.
  9. ^ Batting and Fielding in ICC World Twenty20 Qualifier 2011/12 (Ordered by Runs) – CricketArchive. Retrieved 1 February 2015.
  10. ^ Twenty20 Matches played by Oman – CricketArchive. Retrieved 1 February 2015.
  11. ^ Italy v Oman, ICC World Cricket League Division Three 2013 – CricketArchive. Retrieved 1 February 2015.
  12. ^ Malaysia v Oman, Asian Cricket Council Premier League 2014 – CricketArchive. Retrieved 1 February 2015.
  13. ^ Nepal v Oman, Asian Cricket Council Premier League 2014 – CricketArchive. Retrieved 1 February 2015.
  14. ^ Clareto Monsorate (2013). "Munis, Ali and Kaleem silver lining for Oman" Archived 4 February 2015 at the Wayback MachineOman Tribune. Retrieved 1 February 2015.
  15. ^ "ICC World Twenty20 Qualifier, 5th place play-off: Afghanistan v Oman at Dublin, Jul 25, 2015". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 25 July 2015.
  16. ^ "Oman has high hopes of doing well in ODI campaign: Mendis". Times of Oman. Retrieved 24 July 2019.
  17. ^ "2nd Match, ICC Men's Cricket World Cup League 2 at Aberdeen, Aug 15 2019". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 15 August 2019.
  18. ^ "Oman squad for ICC T20 WC Qualifier in UAE announced". Times of Oman. Retrieved 15 September 2019.

External linksEdit