Rizwan Cheema named team captain of Premium Paks Cricket Club
Team Paks, meet your captain! Pakistan cricket fans will be excited to hear that Pakistani-Canadian cricket star Rizwan Cheema has been named team captain of the Premium Paks Cricket Club in the American Premiere League (APL).
Cheema is a right-handed batsman who also bowls medium pace.
Born and raised in Pakistan, Cheema moved to Canada in his early twenties. Although he had only played cricket at the club level in Pakistan, his skill caught the attention of Canadian cricket leagues. Cheema’s career took off in 2008, making his international cricket debut for the Canadian national team.
“We are excited to have Rizwan Cheema joining the American Premiere League,” said Jay Mir, Founder and CEO of APL. “He is a dynamite cricketer, and we are honored to have him playing in our league. We are looking forward to seeing what he accomplishes for Team Paks in the American Premiere League!”
Cheema is no stranger to the role of captain. He was named former captain Ashish Bagai’s deputy for the Canada Tour of Sri Lanka in 2009. Later in the season when Bagai suffered an injury, Cheema was named captain for the Caribbean T20 tournament. Cheema was appointed full-time captain of the Canadian team in 2012.
“I’m excited to lead Team Paks to victory in the American Premiere League,” Cheema said. “I am proud of my cricket career in Canada, and I always look forward to playing in the United States! “
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About American Premiere League
American Premiere League (APL) is owned and operated by American Sports and Entertainment Group, chaired by APL founder and CEO Jay Mir. American Sports and Entertainment Group is dedicated to bringing cricket to the United States with the same glory and excitement it has worldwide. While many cricket leagues have tried to gain traction in the United States, APL aims to unite cricket fans across the country for a historic event by naming their teams after cricket-loving communities: Americans, Indians, Windees, Aussies, English, Paks and Bengalees.