tabraiz shamsi
Tabraiz Shamsi

South Africa spinner Tabraiz Shamsi is garnering attention after pulling off a unique mask celebration during the Caribbean Premier League [CPL] earlier this year and then in the ongoing Mzansi Super League [MSL].

Known for his elaborate celebrations after claiming wickets, Mzansi has been covering half his face with a mask following each dismissal off his bowling in MSL to the amusement of everyone.

Shamsi is currently representing Parl Rocks in the MSL but recently he was informed by the International Cricket Council that he can no longer celebrate with his mask on.

“There is so much pressure on you as a bowler in a game,” Shamsi was quoted as saying on Netwerk24. “I’m having fun with my celebrations and it is definitely not because I want to be disrespectful to the batsman.”

Shamsi calls it the Masked Magician, probably naming it after American magician Val Valentino who used it as his stage name.

The 28-year-old Shamsi has so far played in two Tests, 11 ODIs and 9 nine T20Is for South Africa with a combined tally of 25 wickets to his name across formats.

Here’s a glimpse of his Masked Magician celebration.



While he might not be able to repeat that celebration again on the cricket field, Shamsi has introduced another one – Shoe Phone Celebration.


Which one do you like more?