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.
|In Urdu:||جنید ضیاء|
|Date:||11th December 1983|
|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 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.
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.
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.