DateLine: 19th October 2005
Mo Sheikh is a whole hearted right arm medium pacer and nuggety left handed batsman. His red ball bowling is at it’s most potent under murky skies or on slower pitches which allow his deliveries to grip and then deviate off the surface to a greater degree. His batting is reminiscent of a wicketkeeper’s, with it’s mixture of resolute defence, innovative scoring strokes and capacity to come to the fore in a rearguard. It is in limited-overs cricket where he has most often performed though, where his medium pace and ability to get controlled movement from the white ball make him a difficult bowler to get after. Sheikh’s competence in this form of the game is hardly surprising considering he spent the first 7 seasons of his career at Warwickshire, although if he has been pigeonholed as a limited-overs cricketer it would explain why he has only played 38 first class matches in his first 9 seasons, although ideally his first class averages of 24 with the bat and 37 with the ball would be the other way round. Sheikh is also reputed to be of one of the best cricketing comedians/impressionists on the county circuit.
(Article: Copyright © 2005 Matthew Reed)