From the moment I started watching Cricket, my favourite player has always been Wasim Akram. I loved the way he ran in and made the ball move in 3 different directions before it reached the batsman. And I always got excited when he came into bat, in hopes that he would start launching sixes over the mid-wicket boundary.
Then Shahid Afridi came along. It’s hard not to catch ‘Boom-Boom’ fever anytime he strolls in to bat. After leading Pakistan to the T20 world cup finals victory with outstanding performances in the semi’s and final, he’s shown the world that he might just be able to reign in his natural aggressiveness and become a more mature player.
But, now I have a new favourite player. His name is Rizwan Cheema and although the rest of the world might not know him (…yet), he is an entertainer just like the above mentioned Afridi and Akram. His raw talent and ability to smash the ball all over the field have earned him the praise and respect of the international players he has played against. He also bowls some handy medium pace and has a habit of picking up timely wickets.
Came across this video on YouTube the other day. A 1994 CBC video report.
We’ve come a long way since 1994, but there is still plenty more work to do. Especially at the grass-roots level. We need to get more players at a younger age and we need give them the facilities and guidance required to take a step up to the next level.
What do you think? How far can cricket go in Canada? Can we ever make it as a main stream sport?
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Check out these highlights of hard-hitting batsman Rizwan ‘Boom-Boom’ Cheema. Highlights from the quadrangular Twenty/20 tournament in Canada in 2008 that featured the hosts playing against Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Zimbabwe.
Look for our exclusive interview with him in the coming weeks.
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