CCTV Interview — Rizwan Cheema

Full Name: Rizwan Cheema

DOB: 15/08/1978
Birthplace: Pakistan
Batting Style: RHB (Top Order)
Bowling Style: RA Medium
Domestic Club: PCB (TDCA)

I caught up with Rizwan Cheema before he left for Sri Lanka to take part in the T20 4 Nation Cup before team Canada heads to the ICC T20 World Cup Qualifying tournament in Dubai next month.

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.

Rizwan Cheema in action against Sri Lanka

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Canadian Squad for T20 World Cup Qualifiers Announced

The Canadian team for the upcoming T20 World Cup qualifying tournament in Dubai was announced today by Cricket Canada.  For the first time ever, it was released by a video on YouTube.

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Will Rizwan Cheema get selected for IPL 3?

IPL Commissioner connects with us through twitter

I took to twitter today to try to get some perspective on what the rest of the cricketing world thinks of our main guys Rizwan Cheema and Khurram Chohan making the next IPL season.

CCHQ –  What do you think of the Canadians Cheema and Chohan’s chances of being selected.

IPL Commissioner Lalit Modi

‘Some talented players but there are so many players on the list and too few spots.  So depends on each teams strategy.’  Link

‘I hope they do.  It will motivate others and be good for Canadian Cricket.’ Link

Bloggers Note:  I think it’s absolutely amazing that the league commissioner has twitter.  Imagine if Gary Bettman (NHL) or David Stern (NBA) had twitter?  The IPL is really on the cutting edge for using technology and social media to engage fans.  I hope they continue to offer matches via live streaming on their website this year so all of us in North America can enjoy the action.  Hopefully, it will force the ICC to follow suit for international cricket.

CCHQ –  Can you predict whether Pakistani Canadians Cheema and Chohan can get selected for the IPL?

Cricinfo Pakistan Cricket Blogger Kamran Abbasi

‘No, that’s beyond my powers.‘  Link

Bloggers Note:  Kamran is obviously too angry with Kamran Akmal for dropping too many catches and the rest of the Pakistani team for their performance in Sydney, that he doesn’t even want to speculate.

CCHQ –  IMO, Rizwan Cheema has the ability to be one of the most destructive batsmen in World Cricket, he only needs the opportunity.  Your thoughts?

Cricket with Balls – Jarrod Kimber

It will be a big ask for an IPL team to sign him, but it is a promising sign.  My concern is his hitting across the line at all times, but he has some eye.   Link

Basically, ‘Boom Boom’ and KC will have their work cut out for them, but they’ve already helped generate some exposure for Canadian Cricket by just being named in the initial list.  They both deserve a tremendous amount of respect for their accomplishment.

The draft takes place on January 19th, 2010.

UPDATE:  It was announced today that Rizwan Cheema has been added to the official draft list and is on a short list of options for 3 teams.

What do you think?

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Cheema & Chohan added to IPL 3 Auction Registration List

Canadian players Rizwan Cheema and Khurram Chohan have been added to the registration list for the next IPL auction.

The duo has been added to a list of 97 prospective draftees.  The IPL will send this list to all teams and the teams will tell the league which players they want included in the auction.

It is great progress for all Cricketers in Associate countries looking to have more opportunities to play cricket professionally.  Niall O’Brien from Ireland and Ryan ten Doeschate from the Netherlands have also been included.

The Cricket Canada board members, players and fans should all be proud of this accomplishment.  A great way to start 2010!

Don’t forget you can pick up the new red and gold official 2010 Canadian Match Jerseys in the CC shop!  Pick yours up today!

Cricket Canada Announce Squad for Sri Lanka Training Camp

Cricket Canada is pleased to announce a 14 man squad for the 2010 Sri Lanka Training Camp and Quad T20 Series.

The senior team will depart for Colombo in early January where they will engage in an intense training camp prior to locking horns with Sri Lanka A, Ireland, and Afghanistan in a T20 Quadrangular Series.

The training camp and series will serve as a warm up to February’s T20 World Cup Qualifier in Dubai.

Full Squad:

Ashish Bagai – Captain, Harvir Baidwan, Trevin Bastiampillai, Umar Bhatti, Saad Bin Zafar, Rizwan Cheema, Khurram Chohan, Sunil Dhaniram, Sandeep Jyoti, Shaheed Keshvani, Thanna Kurooparan, Henry Osinde, Abdool Samad, Jason Sandher.

The squad will be joined by a select number of U19 players at the conclusion of the U19 World Cup from New Zealand as Canada prepares for an exciting and action packed 2010 cricket schedule.

Source:  Cricket Canada

Rizwan Cheema T20 Highlights

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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