Aizaz Cheema Biography
Aizaz Cheema is a Pakistani cricketer, born on September 5, 1979 in Sargodha, Punjab. He primarily bowls right-arm medium fast and bats right-handed in the tail.
Over the years, he has developed his credentials as the ‘last over’ specialist bowler in the shorter formats of the game.
Cheema made his first-class debut for Pakistan International Airlines, taking one wicket against Khan Research Laboratories in Pakistan Patron’s Trophy in October 2001.
He performed consistently, eventually having a phenomenal 2010-11 season with 57 wickets in eight Quaid-e-Azam Trophy matches at 14.56.
Nursing the fitness issues, Cheema got selected in the Pakistan squad for Zimbabwe tour. At the age of 31, Cheema finally made his test debut against Zimbabwe at Bulawayo in September 2011.
The seamer recorded the second best figure by a Pakistani test debutant taking 8 for 103 runs.
A few days later, the seamer enjoyed a successful ODI debut scalping three wickets against the same opposition at Bulawayo.
A week later, he made his T20I debut with one wicket in the same tour.
Rise to Glory
Cheema’s recognition came in the 2012 Asia Cup final, when he successfully defended 8 runs in the final over against Bangladesh in Dhaka. He took eight wickets in four matches at 24.50, including three for 46 in the final of 2012 edition.
Recently, Cheema snatched a one-run victory for Quetta Gladiators in the Pakistan Premier League play-off against Peshawar Zalmi, bowling a superb final over in February 2016.
Cheema could not capitalise on his good commencement to his international career. He could take a solitary wicket against England in 2012 in the UAE, following an expensive test against Sri Lanka in October 2011.
He was axed from the test squad after remaining wicket-less in the Colombo test against Sri Lanka in June 2012. Cheema took 20 wickets in his seven tests at 31.90.
He could not convert his potentials into performances in the shorter formats as he was dropped from the ODI squad after a lean display against Australia in August 2012 at Sharjah. Cheema took 23 wickets in 14 ODI’s.
His brief T20I career of five matches finished with a decent performance against England in February 2012.
Cheema represented Pakistan International Airlines in the domestic circuit from 2001-02 to 2016-17. The seamer currently plays for Lahore Blues in the Regional One-day cup.
Cheema spent the 2015-16 season in the PSL side Quetta Gladiators with six scalps in four matches.