Portugal Squad
Akbar Saiyad (captain)
Right hand bat and reserve wicketkeeper who has been captain of the national side since Portugal officially entered international cricket at the ECF Trophy in 1993. Akbar was born in Lourenco Marques when Mocambique was still a Portuguese colony and is therefore a Portuguese citizen from birth.
Ramesh Bagvanedaia
Right hand bat and right arm bowler. Born in Mocambique when it was still a Portuguese colony and therefore a Portuguese national, Ramesh came to Portugal as a youth. He quickly established himself as a cricketer of great potential and has been an automatic choice for the national team since first representing Portugal at the ECF Trophy in Durham in 1993. Although currently living in London, Ramesh retains strong ties with his mother country and participates in local cricket as frequently as he is able.
Haleem Butt
Right hand bat and right arm bowler. Born in Pakistan but resident in Portugal for seven years, Haleem is a newcomer to the Portuguese national squad. His aggressive batting style and enthusiastic approach have brought him into prominence this season, having been on the verge of national selection for the past two seasons. He is the younger of the two Butt brothers in the squad.
Camlesh Ramchande
Right hand bat and right arm pace bowler. Born in Mocambique and raised in the Portuguese enclave of Goa in south west India, Camlesh has been a Portuguese citizen from birth. He first represented Portugal at the ECF Trophy in Oxford in 1995.
Nazir Ushan
Right hand bat and right arm bowler who was born in Mocambique, Nazir first represented Portugal in the ECF Trophy at Zuoz in 1997. A Portuguese national, he is now living and working in London.
Jay Da Costa
Wicketkeeper and right hand bat. He is making his first appearance at international level. Currently studying European Politics at Portsmouth University in England, Jay was born in Birmingham of Portuguese parents and is a Portuguese citizen.
Nadeem Butt
Right hand top order bat and right arm medium pace bowler. Nadeem made his first appearance for Portugal at the 1997 ECF Trophy and has been a regular member of the side ever since. A native of Pakistan, he has lived in Portugal for eight years and is married to a Portuguese girl.
Paulo Buccimazza
Right hand bat and left arm bowler who was born in Cape Town but registered as a Portuguese national from birth. Paulo has just left school and is aiming to enter Lisbon University to study Sports Science. He first represented Portugal in the ECC Trophy at Zuoz in 1998 and has also been a regular member of the national 6-a-side indoor squad.
Torbine Rankin
Left hand open bat and occasional right arm bowler. Born in Lisbon, he is vice-captain of the team. First represented Portugal at the ECF Trophy in 1995 and has been an ever-present since. Also captained the Portuguese 6-a-side indoor cricket squad in the last three European tournaments. He is also a Portuguese national rugby player.
Humayun Shahzad
Right hand bat and right arm bowler. Native of Sialkot, Pakistan, he has been resident in Portugal for eight years and a regular in the national team since first qualifying. First represented Portugal in the ECC Trophy in Zuoz, Switzerland.
Dinesh Maugh
Right hand bat and right arm pace bowler who was born in Mocambique and raised in Lisbon. He has lived in Holland and England for the past four years but has recently returned to Portugal on a permanent basis. He first represented Portugal in the 1995 ECF Trophy and has been a regular team member ever since then.
Intesab Mehdi
Right hand bat and right arm bowler. Born in Pakistan but resident in Portugal since 1988 and a Portuguese citizen. Mehdi has been a stalwart of the national side for several seasons, having first represented Portugal in 1995.
Nelson Ferriera
Right hand bat and occasional right arm bowler. Born in Johannesburg of Prtuguese parents and a citizen from birth. He first represented Portugal in the ECC Trophy in Zuoz and has been a regular member of the national indoor squad, holding two Champions' medals from 1997 and 1998.
Edward Chambers
Right hand bat and right arm bowler. Born in Oporto in June 1980. Represented Portugal against the visiting MCC side in 1999 and is currently studying Modern Languages at Leeds University. The only Oporto-based member of the side, Ed is the youngest member of a family with a long history of association with cricket in Portugal.