Aizaz Cheema had to wait until he was 31 to be called up to the Pakistan side. A strong first-class season in which he took 57 wickets in eight games in the Quaid-e-Azam Trophy resulted in his selection for the tour of Zimbabwe in 2011. He took no time at all to make an impact though, picking up eight wickets in his debut Test against Zimbabwe, including two on his 32nd birthday, as Pakistan coasted to a seven-wicket win. Cheema’s figures of 8 for 103 were the second best by a Pakistan debutant.
Aizaz bin Ilyas Cheema known as Aizaz Cheema (born: 5 September 1979, Sargodha) is an international cricketer from Pakistan.
In November, Cheema was part of the team at the Asian Games in Guangzhou, China that won a bronze medal by beating Sri Lanka in the 3rd place playoffs.
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. 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. 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.
Bangladesh to seek review of final-over collision
The Bangladesh Cricket Board has said it will complain to the Asian Cricket Council about an incident in the final over of Bangladesh’s chase in the Asia Cup final against Pakistan. The incident, during the first ball of the 50th over, involved a collision between the bowler Aizaz Cheema and Mahmudullah as the latter tried to come back for a second run – something the BCB claims the Pakistan bowler did deliberately.
“We have seen video footage of the incident repeatedly. It is clear that Cheema blocked Mahmudullah deliberately,” Enayet Hossain Siraj, the chairman of the BCB cricket operations committee, told reporters in Dhaka. “We will lodge a written appeal with the ACC very soon and will also give a copy to the ICC.”
The rules of cricket (Law 42.5) sanction a strict penalty for the fielding team if a fielder is found by the umpire to deliberately obstruct a batsman while attempting a run. Neither batsman can be dismissed (if a run-out has taken place), five penalty runs are awarded to the batting side, the delivery will not count as one in the over, the run will count even if the batsmen haven’t crossed and the batsmen can choose which of them faces the next delivery. Whether or not there was intent behind the collision is for the umpire to determine; in this case, after the players had collided, the umpire Steve Davis was seen having a word with both players. The delivery yielded a single.
“It is clearly written in the playing conditions that it will be a dead ball if the batsman faces an obstacle while running by a bowler or fielder. The batting side will get a five-run penalty,” Siraj was also quoted as saying in the Daily Star. “In that case, we would have required only four runs off six balls. We have footage which clearly shows that the bowler in question created an obstacle to [Mahmudullah] Riyad.”
Intikhab Alam, the PCB director, said it was “sad and disappointing” to hear Siraj’s statement. “It was a thrilling final and everyone praised Bangladesh for their fight. Their decision to appeal is just an afterthought after the result,” Alam said. “The fact of the matter is that no match umpire or referee complained about this to Pakistan management and Bangladesh’s complaint will spoil a wonderful final which everyone enjoyed.”
Bangladesh needed nine to win at the start of the 50th over; they lost by two runs. Had Pakistan been penalised, Bangladesh’s task of chasing down 237 for a win would have been made significantly easier.
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