Minhaj Jalill2020-03-04T11:07:47+00:00

Minhaj Jalill

Date of Birth 09/01/1995
Age 25
NationalitySri Lankan
Player Status Placed (Cowdrey CC - Kent Cricket League)
Playing Role All-Rounder (Spin)
Bowling Style Right-arm Off Spin
Batting Style Right-hand
Entry Route Tier 5
Major Teams Sri Lanka Cricket Development XI, Saracens Sports Club, Galle Cricket Club, Colombo Cricket Club, Tamil Union Cricket & Athletic Club
Coaching Qualifications UKCC Level 2

Minhaj Jalill is an exciting top-order batting prospect playing for Saracens Sports Club in the top tier (A) of Sri Lankan first-class cricket. He is a proven run-scorer in a side that also features the likes of Saliya Saman and CricX stars Gamindu Kanishka, Ranitha Liyanarachchi and Roshan Jayatissa.

He joined Saracens in 2017/18, following a barnstorming 2016/17 season with Galle Cricket Club (358 runs at 35.80). He churned out 474 runs at 29.62, finishing as Saracens third leading run-scorer, narrowly behind Harsha Cooray and Kanishka. Jalill has started to his straps in first-class cricket over the past few seasons, having played solitary matches for Tamil Union and Athletic Club and Colombo Cricket Club in 2014/15 and 2015/16 respectively.

He was, however, destined for success, following a glittering junior career. He represented Thurstan College and skippered the side in Kavindu Kulasekara's SL U19 absence, during his prolific 2013/14 season. Jalill became the third player in history to score 1,000 plus runs in an All Island Under-19 Division One season (the others, Nikzy Ahmed and CricX client Shanuka Dulaj). His 1,094 runs at 54.70 including 4 centuries, 7 fifties and culminated with the "Batsman of the Year" title.

Whilst bowling opportunities have been limited in first-class cricket, at schoolboy level, Jalill was a genuine all-rounder. His off-spin yielded U19 season figures of 23 wickets at 15.90 (2012/13) and 26 wickets at 29.96 (2013/14).

Jalill has now converted his promise as a junior, into performance in the senior ranks. He spent the 2018 season plying his trade in the UK for Devon Premier League side Bovey Tracey. He struck 515 runs at 34.33 and took 15 wickets at 44.33, but also impressed in our CricX (Overseas v English) back at Buckingham Town in August, top-scoring with 59 and bowling some useful overs with his off-spin.

Courtesy of his success in 2018, he was picked up by Cowdrey for their Kent League campaign in 2019. He excelled, especially with the ball taking 45 wickets at 10.93 alongside 684 runs at 40.24. Given his exploits, the club have moved swiftly to re-sign him for the 2020 season.

Team (Season) Mts Inns NO Runs HS Ave Ovs Runs Wkts BB Avg
Cowdrey (2019) 24 21 4 684 92 40.24 173.4 492 45 5/17 10.93
Bovey Tracey (2018) 18 17 2 515 100 34.33 150 665 15 2/16 44.33
Date of Birth 09/01/1995
Age 25
NationalitySri Lankan
Player StatusPlaced
Playing RoleAll-Rounder (Spin)
Player Status Placed (Cowdrey CC - Kent Cricket League)
Bowling Style Right-arm Off Spin
Batting Style Right-hand
Entry Route Tier 5
Major Teams Sri Lanka Cricket Development XI, Saracens Sports Club, Galle Cricket Club, Colombo Cricket Club, Tamil Union Cricket & Athletic Club
Coaching Qualifications UKCC Level 2

Minhaj Jalill is an exciting top-order batting prospect playing for Saracens Sports Club in the top tier (A) of Sri Lankan first-class cricket. He is a proven run-scorer in a side that also features the likes of Saliya Saman and CricX stars Gamindu Kanishka, Ranitha Liyanarachchi and Roshan Jayatissa.

He joined Saracens in 2017/18, following a barnstorming 2016/17 season with Galle Cricket Club (358 runs at 35.80). He churned out 474 runs at 29.62, finishing as Saracens third leading run-scorer, narrowly behind Harsha Cooray and Kanishka. Jalill has started to his straps in first-class cricket over the past few seasons, having played solitary matches for Tamil Union and Athletic Club and Colombo Cricket Club in 2014/15 and 2015/16 respectively.

He was, however, destined for success, following a glittering junior career. He represented Thurstan College and skippered the side in Kavindu Kulasekara's SL U19 absence, during his prolific 2013/14 season. Jalill became the third player in history to score 1,000 plus runs in an All Island Under-19 Division One season (the others, Nikzy Ahmed and CricX client Shanuka Dulaj). His 1,094 runs at 54.70 including 4 centuries, 7 fifties and culminated with the "Batsman of the Year" title.

Whilst bowling opportunities have been limited in first-class cricket, at schoolboy level, Jalill was a genuine all-rounder. His off-spin yielded U19 season figures of 23 wickets at 15.90 (2012/13) and 26 wickets at 29.96 (2013/14).

Jalill has now converted his promise as a junior, into performance in the senior ranks. He spent the 2018 season plying his trade in the UK for Devon Premier League side Bovey Tracey. He struck 515 runs at 34.33 and took 15 wickets at 44.33, but also impressed in our CricX (Overseas v English) back at Buckingham Town in August, top-scoring with 59 and bowling some useful overs with his off-spin.

Courtesy of his success in 2018, he was picked up by Cowdrey for their Kent League campaign in 2019. He excelled, especially with the ball taking 45 wickets at 10.93 alongside 684 runs at 40.24. Given his exploits, the club have moved swiftly to re-sign him for the 2020 season.

Team (Season) Mts Inns NO Runs HS Ave Ovs Runs Wkts BB Avg
Cowdrey (2019) 24 21 4 684 92 40.24 173.4 492 45 5/17 10.93
Bovey Tracey (2018) 18 17 2 515 100 34.33 150 665 15 2/16 44.33