Junaid Zia

Junaid Zia

Junaid Zia

Junaid Zia is the former Pakistani fast-bowler and current General Manager PCB Domestic Cricket Operations. He was a right-arm fast bowler and is the son of former Pakistan Cricket Board Chairman Tauqir Zia. Junaid had to modify his bowling action to appear for the national team.

He played One Day International cricket for Pakistan, but after an early flop show with the ball, he dropped from the team and could only play four ODIs for Pakistan at the international level. This article has everything about him, including Junaid Zia Biography.

Name:Junaid Zia
In Urdu:جنید ضیاء
Famous As:Cricketer
Date:11th December 1983
National Side:Pakistan
Team Role:Medium fast bowler
Bowling Style:Right-arm medium-fast
Batting Style:Right-hand bat
Matches:4 ODI, FC 90
Wickets :282 FC
Bowling Average:29.80 FC
Batting Average:19.99 FC
5 wickets in Innings :5W in FC
10 wickets in Match:1 in FC
Runs Scored:2379 in FC
ODI Debut:Pakistan v Bangladesh at Multan, Sep 9, 2003
ODI Last:Pakistan v Bangladesh at Rawalpindi, Sep 18, 2003
T20 Debut :Lahore Eagles v Sialkot Stallions at Karachi, Feb 24, 2006
T20 Last:Bahawalpur Stags v Lahore Lions at Karachi, Sep 25, 2014
First-Class Debut:2002/03
First-Class Last :United Bank Limited v Zarai Taraqiati Bank Limited at Islamabad, Nov 26-29, 2012
List A Debut:2000/01
List A Last:Zarai Taraqiati Bank Limited v Pakistan Television at Rawalpindi, Jan 27, 2014
Domestic team:Pakistan, Lahore Eagles, Lahore Ravi, Rawalpindi, Zarai Taraqiati Bank Limited

Junaid Zia Biography

Junaid represented Pakistan only in One Day International games. He just played four ODIs for the national team in his entire international cricket career. In his four ODIs, he claimed three wickets at a bowling average of 42.33 with best bowling figures of 3/21 in a match. Moreover, he bowled with an economy rate and strike-rate of 5.25 and 48.3.

Junaid Date of Birth

He was born on 11th December 1983 at Lahore, Punjab.

Junaid Zia Family

He is the son of former PCB chairman Tauqir Zia. He currently lives in his hometown alongside his family.

Cricket Career

Initial Career

Junaid started playing professional cricket in 2000 and played List-A cricket that year. Then in 2001-02 domestic season, he made his first-class debut.

Domestic Career

First-Class Cricket

Junaid featured in a total of 90 first-class matches and claimed 282 wickets at an impressive bowling average of 29.80. He registered a ten-wicket haul and 12 five-wicket hauls and has an incredible best bowling figures of 7/7 in an innings.

He also batted decently in first-class cricket and made 2379 runs at an average of 19.99 with the bat. Zia hit a century as well as eight half-centuries, with best batting innings of 100 runs. While he also took 25 catches in the field.

List-A Cricket Career

Junaid also appeared in 109 List-A matches and dismissed 147 batsmen with his pace bowling at an average of 29.35. He got a fifer and six four-wicket hauls in his List-A cricket career. His best bowling figures are 5/53.

With the bat, he got 1005 runs in 80 List-A innings, including four half-centuries, and the best score of 59 runs not-out. He batted at an average of 15.22 and also claimed 29 catches in the field.

Domestic T20 Cricket Career

He also played T20 cricket at the domestic level. Junaid was part of 35 T20s and claimed a sum of 41 wickets at a bowling average and Strike-Rate of 20.92 and 7.76, respectively. He also claimed a five-wicket haul, with best bowling figures of 5/31 in a Twenty-Twenty game.

Junaid also scored 171 runs with his batting skills in 24 T20 innings he batted. His batting average and strike-rate were 9.00 and 108.22, respectively. His highest batting score in a T20 innings was 35 runs unbeaten.

International Career and Achievements

He made his international debut on 09th September 2003 in a One Day International match against Bangladesh at Multan. Moreover, he conceded 35 runs without taking any wicket with his bowling in the game.

He had a successful second ODI match of his career as he got three wickets for 21 runs and helped Pakistan in winning the game against Bangladesh. Junaid played his next two One Day International matches against the same opposition Bangladesh. He did not take any wickets in the games.

After only four ODI matches for Pakistan, he got dropped from the national team and never played an international game again. Junaid Zia was appointed as the General Manager of PCB Domestic Cricket Operations in December 2019.