Aizaz Cheema (Cricketer)

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Aizaz bin Ilyas Cheema known as Aizaz Cheema (born 5 September 1979 in Sargodha) is an international cricketer from Pakistan.[1] Biography- cricinfo.

Title Description
Name: Aizaz Cheema
Nationality: Pakistan
Residence: Sargodha, Punjab, Pakistan
Religion: Islam
Profession: Cricketer
Height: 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Date: 5 September 1979
Place: Sargodha, Punjab, Pakistan
National Side: Pakistan
Team Role: Bowler
Bowling Style: Right-arm medium-fast
Batting Style: Right-hand batsman
Matches: 7 in Tests & 14 in ODIs
Wickets : 20 in Tests & 23 in ODIs
Bowling Average: 31.90 in Tests & 25.78 in ODIs
Batting Average: - in Tests & 8.66 in ODIs
Best Bowling: 4/24 in Tests & 4/43 in ODIs
Catches/Stumpings: 1/- in Tests & 2/- in ODIs
Balls Bowled: 1200 in Tests & 658 in ODIs
Runs Scored: 1 in Tests & 26 in ODIs
Test Debut: Zimbabwe v Pakistan at Bulawayo
Test Last: Sri Lanka v Pakistan at Colombo
ODI Debut: Zimbabwe v Pakistan at Bulawayo
ODI Last: Australia v Pakistan at Sharjah
T20 Debut : Zimbabwe v Pakistan at Harare
T20 Last: England v Pakistan at Abu Dhabi
Top Score: 1* in Tests & 9* in ODIs
Domestic team: Lahore Eagles, Lahore Lions, Lahore Ravi, Lahore Shalimar, Model Town Green, Pakistan A, Pakistan International Airlines, Punjab (Pakistan), Punjab Stallions, Quetta Gladiators


Early Career

Aizaz Cheema in Form
Aizaz Cheema in Form
He celebrated the selection with a brilliant debut, where he picked up 8 wickets including 4 in the second innings to help Pakistan win the match. His figures of 8 for 103 is the second-best match analysis on debut for a Pakistan bowler. Cheema was retained for the ODI series, and continued to impress with good performances. He took 3 wickets in his debut game and put up a Man of the Match show in the final game of the series, picking up a match winning 4 wicket haul[2] Cheema info- cricbuzz.

2012 Asia Cup

In 2012 Asia Cup Aizaz saw his best days of international cricket as he was main force who won Pakistan two games. He took 4/43 vs Sri Lanka. He took 3/49 vs Bangladesh in Final of Asia Cup 2012 He bowled the last over of innings and defended 9 runs as Pakistan won by 2 runs. He was declared as JP Cement Under Say Solid Player Award (to hold his nerves in last over). He also got 44 runs Partnership with Sarfraz Ahmed for last wicket due to which Pakistan got 236.Cheema's figures of 8 for 103 were the second best by a Pakistan debutant.

International Career

Aizaz Cheema Well Bowlled
Aizaz Cheema Well Bowlled

Toure Of Zimbabwe

When Pakistan toured Zimbabwe in September for a Test three ODIs and two T20Is, the national selectors took the opportunity to give inexperienced players an opportunity. Frontline bowlers Wahab Riaz and Umar Gul were rested and Cheema was chosen as part of the squad[3] Pakistan looking  Mohsin Khan On 1 September he made his Test debut against Zimbabwe; Pakistan's fast bowlers in the match were inexperienced at international level, with just one Test cap between them. Pakistan won the match and coach Waqar Younis praised Cheema's performance, saying he "bowled with fire and aggression".His first wicket was that of bowler Ray Price. Cheema took eight wickets in the match for 103 runs, the second best bowling figures by a Pakistan player on Test debut. Pakistan won the subsequent ODI series 3-0; Cheema made his debut in the series and his figures of 3/36 were the joit fourth best by a Pakistan bowler in his first ODI[4] Pakistan hold- tense finish Cheema was the leading wicket-taker in the series with eight dismissals, with best figures of 4/43.Cheema was the leading wicket-taker in the series with eight dismissals, with best figures of 4/43. His haul for the series was the second most for a Pakistan bowler in a three-match away series.

Test Career

Cheema after having a good start to his Test career, had a dip in form during the England series in 2012. He picked up only 1 wicket in the 2 matches and was expensive against Sri Lanka as well. The selectors axed him from the squad due to those performances. Cheema had a successful Asia Cup in 2012 ,where he picked up 8 wickets in 4 matches, but was dropped soon after. Since then he has failed to make it to the National team and is found way down the pecking order with the emergence of Bilawal Bhatti, Anwar Ali, etc.