Rizwan Cheema

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Rizwan Cheema
Personal information
Full name Rizwan Ahmed Cheema
Born (1978-08-18) 18 August 1978 (age 36)
Gujrat, Punjab, Pakistan
Nickname Cheema
Batting style Right-handed
Bowling style Right arm medium pace
Role All-rounder
International information
National side
ODI debut 18 August 2008 v Bermuda
Last ODI 6 September 2010 v Ireland
T20I debut 10 October 2008 v Pakistan
Last T20I 10 February 2010 v Kenya
T20I shirt no. 99
Domestic team information
Years Team
2002–2003 Cavaliers cricket club
2004–2006 Yorkshire cricket club
2006 Cavaliers cricket club
2007–present Popeyes Cricket club
2009–present Gladiators
2012–present Duronto Rajshahi
Career statistics
Competition ODIs T20I
Matches 21 8
Runs scored 523 210
Batting average 27.52 30.00
100s/50s 0/5 0/1
Top score 94 68
Balls bowled 842 144
Wickets 19 4
Bowling average 32.78 45.50
5 wickets in innings 0 0
10 wickets in match n/a n/a
Best bowling 3/31 2/19
Catches/stumpings 9/– 4/–
Source: CricketArchive, 6 September 2010

Rizwan Ahmed Cheema born August 15th, 1978 in Gujrat, Pakistan is a Pakistani Canadian cricketer.

He was captain of Canadian cricket team. Cheema is big-hitting batsman who also bowls some handy medium pace.

Early Career[edit]

He was born and raised in Pakistan. Cheema moved to Canada in the early 2000s and had only ever played cricket at club level but his tendency to belt the ball into orbit caught attention in the Toronto and District Cricket Association league.

Domestic Career[edit]

Cheema plays for Popeye’s Cricket Club in Toronto it is one of the best clubs in Toronto. Popeye’s Cricket Club also has famous international players like Saad Bin Zafar, Khurram Chohan, and Hiral Patel.

He turned in a noteworthy season in 2005, scoring 627 runs in 14 matches at just under 50, and taking 24 wickets at 13.12.

After a disappointing 2006, Cheema established himself as the league's most dangerous batsman the following year with two big hundreds 161 off a scarcely believable 61 balls with eight fours with 15 sixes and an effort of 145 with 15 fours and nine sixes.

In 2010, Canada was included in Caribbean T20, the T20 tournament in the West Indies. Due to Ashish Bagai’s injury, Cheema was named as captain for the tournament which also involves seven teams from the Caribbean.

His Canadian team surprise everyone by winning a stirring encounter with England domestic Twenty20 Champions Hampshire cricket club.

He has also made the shortlist for the 2010 IPL contract auction; he is one of 51 people to do so from an original list of 97.

International Career[edit]

Cheema made his international debut at the age of 30 in the Scotia bank ODI series in King City, Ontario in August 2008.

Cheema came to notice with a 61-ball 89 against West Indies in his second ODI and in the same match also took 3 for 31 in 10 overs which was over shadowed by West Indies cricket team's 303 for 4 which includes century by Xavier Marshall. He followed that up with 61 off 45 balls against the same opposition two days later.

He narrowly misses out in a maiden ODI hundred against Netherlands cricket team in July 2009. Later that month Cheema was one of six players awarded central contracts as Cricket Canada sought to professionalise its structures.

His in ODI is 114.94 which is the top ten list of the highest number of strike rate. In the Canada T20 tournament, in October 2008, he hit ten sixes, more than either Sanath Jayasuriya or Shahid Afridi and was his team's top run-getter, averaging over 60 in the series. He scored 68 off 43 balls against Sri Lanka in his third game.

Cheema was one of the four, Canadian Cricketer who face visa problem before the World Cup. Cheema hit a fluent 93 from 70 balls from No. 7 at Fatullah in a warm cup game against England.

Captaincy Career[edit]

Cheema was named Ashish Bagai’s deputy for the Canada Tour of Sri Lanka in 2009 He was appointed captain of the national side for the ICC America's Division One Championship 2009/10 in Bermuda in Ashish Bagai's absence that has being rested ahead of what is to be a gruelling push to the 2011 Cricket World Cup.

He was appointed as full time captain of Canada in 2012 where he leads them in World T20 Qualifiers in UAE where Canada finish forth in the tournament.


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