Rizwan Cheema

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Rizwan Cheema
Personal information
Full nameRizwan Ahmed Cheema
Born (1978-08-15) 15 August 1978 (age 41)
Gujrat, Punjab, Pakistan
BowlingRight arm medium pace
International information
National side
ODI debut (cap 61)18 August 2008 v Bermuda
Last ODI6 September 2010 v Ireland
T20I debut (cap 19)10 October 2008 v Pakistan
Last T20I24 October 2019 v Hong Kong
Domestic team information
2012Duronto Rajshahi
2016Capricorn Commanders
Career statistics
Competition ODIs T20I
Matches 33 16
Runs scored 764 238
Batting average 24.64 15.86
100s/50s 0/6 0/1
Top score 94 68
Balls bowled 1330 300
Wickets 32 9
Bowling average 34.21 42.44
5 wickets in innings 0 0
10 wickets in match n/a n/a
Best bowling 3/25 2/19
Catches/stumpings 15/– 8/–
Source: ESPNcricinfo, 24 October 2019

Rizwan Ahmed Cheema (born 15 August 1978) is a Pakistani-Canadian cricketer. He was captain of the Canadian cricket team.[1] Cheema is a 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 heavy hitting caught attention in the Toronto and District Cricket Association league.

Domestic and T20 franchise career[edit]

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 surprised 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.

On 3 June 2018, he was selected to play for the Winnipeg Hawks in the players' draft for the inaugural edition of the Global T20 Canada tournament.[2][3] In June 2019, he was selected to play for the Vancouver Knights franchise team in the 2019 Global T20 Canada tournament.[4]

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.

In September 2018, he was named in Canada's squad for the 2018–19 ICC World Twenty20 Americas Qualifier tournament.[5] In August 2019, he was named in Canada's squad for the Regional Finals of the 2018–19 ICC T20 World Cup Americas Qualifier tournament.[6] In October 2019, he was named in Canada's squad for the 2019 ICC T20 World Cup Qualifier tournament in the United Arab Emirates.[7]

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 been 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 fourth in the tournament.


  1. ^ Sarwat, Faraz (17 August 2013). "Hitting sixes is never a problem for me". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 11 February 2019.
  2. ^ "Global T20 Canada: Complete Squads". SportsKeeda. Retrieved 4 June 2018.
  3. ^ "Global T20 Canada League – Full Squads announced". CricTracker. Retrieved 4 June 2018.
  4. ^ "Global T20 draft streamed live". Canada Cricket Online. Retrieved 20 June 2019.
  5. ^ "Canadian National Cricket Squad for ICC Americas World T20 SRQ & Schedule". Cricket Canada. Retrieved 24 September 2018.
  6. ^ "Squad selected for the ICC T20 World Cup Qualifier - Americas Final 2019, Bermuda". Cricket Canada. Retrieved 10 August 2019.
  7. ^ "Canadian squad for ICC T20 World Cup qualifier". Cricket Canada. Retrieved 9 October 2019.

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