Philip Clive Roderick Tufnell is a former English international cricketer turned television personality. A slow left-arm orthodox spin bowler, he played in 42 Test matches and 20 One Day Internationals for the England cricket team, as well as playing for Middlesex County Cricket Club from 1986 to 2002. Tufnell took 121 Test match wickets and, although his average of 37.68 is considered high for a genuine bowler, he took over 1,000 wickets across all first-class cricket, his personality, trademark behaviour and "great control of flight" when playing made him a popular sports personality. Following his retirement in 2002, Tufnell has built on his popularity with several television appearances, including They Think It's All Over, A Question of Sport, Strictly Come Dancing. and winning I'm a Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here! in 2003. Tufnell was educated at Highgate School where his cricketing prowess was recognised and he was appointed captain of the Junior School's First XI despite the fact he was not yet in the top year.
On leaving Highgate, he played cricket for Southgate School. He trained in quantity surveying and was faced with the tough decision of whether to play cricket professionally or to work as a quantity surveyor, he chose to do the former. As a slow left-arm orthodox spin bowler, Tufnell played 42 Test matches and 20 One Day Internationals for England between 1990 and 2001, 316 first-class matches for Middlesex. Tufnell was inspired with the ball, taking 11–93 against Australia at the Oval in 1997 and seven wickets in the match against the West Indies at the Oval in 1991, but he took his 121 Test wickets with a bowling average of 37.68 across his whole Test career. Mark Waugh theorised that "if you attack him, he can go on the defensive, it puts him off his game", although Waugh was Tufnell's most frequent test victim, being dismissed a total of seven times by him, three of them bowled. According to Michael Parkinson, a British talk show host, "at the age of nine he was opening the bowling and the batting for his club's junior team".
Parkinson believes that his "ordinary fielding made him a luxury in the view of the... management". However, Tufnell's fielding did improve during his career, he was nicknamed "The Cat" due to his propensity to be found sleeping in the dressing room. He acquired the nickname "Two Sugars" due to his well-known love of tea. According to England teammate Mike Atherton, Tufnell smoked more than occasionally. During his career spanning over a decade with Middlesex, Tufnell took more than 1,000 first-class wickets in the English game, his autobiography What Now? ISBN 0-00-218816-3 was published in 1999. Tufnell received an honorary doctorate from Middlesex University on 20 July 2011 in recognition of his achievements in sport and the media. Since 2003, Tufnell makes appearances as a summariser on BBC Radio's Test Match Special, he has hosted The Phil Tufnell Cricket Show and Tuffers and Vaughan Cricket Show on BBC Radio 5. Tufnell retired from professional cricket before the 2003 season in order to participate in the second series of the reality television show I'm a Celebrity...
Get Me Out of Here! which he won. Prior to this, he had appeared on Lily Savage's Blankety Blank, he was a team captain on sports quiz show They Think It's All Over until 2005. In 2004, he made two guest appearances on British soap opera Family Affairs and co-presented the ITV game show Simply the Best with Kirsty Gallacher. Tufnell is a team captain on the BBC One panel, he makes regular appearances as a reporter on the BBC One magazine show The One Show. On 12 April 2008, Tufnell and his wife Dawn appeared on the ITV game show All Star Mr & Mrs. On 4 October and 1 November 2008, Tufnell appeared on the game show Hole in the Wall. In 2009, Tufnell competed in the seventh series of the BBC's Strictly Come Dancing, partnering professional dancer Katya Virshilas; the couple were eliminated in the ninth week. On 7 October 2011, he appeared on the BBC One panel show Would I Lie To You?, where he claimed to have recurring dreams in which he is a potato, being chased by a pitchfork. On 19 November 2011, Tufnell appeared on a celebrity edition of ITV quiz show The Chase.
In 2012, he co-presented The Flowerpot Gang with Joe Swift. During the week of 12 to 16 May 2014, Tufnell appeared on the daytime Channel 4 game show Draw It! On 1 February 2015, Tufnell competed in Get Your Act Together on ITV and The Jump on Channel 4. In December 2018, Tufnell joined Australia's Seven Network as a guest commentator for their coverage of the BBL and Sri Lankan Test matches.. Tufnell co-authored a humorous book, Phil Tufnell's' A To Z of Cricket with cricket journalist Adam Hathaway. Tufnell's first marriage to Alison Squires ended in 1989, he has two daughters: Ellie with ex-girlfriend Jane McElvoy, Poppy with ex-wife Lisa Bar. Tufnell's personal life hit the headlines in 1994 when he was fined £800 after admitting assaulting his former girlfriend McElvoy, after she ended their relationship. Tufnell's colourful lifestyle continued to periodically feature in the tabloid press. In 1997, while on a tour of New Zealand, reports emerged that he left a toilet cubicle trailing the scent of cannabis but this time he was exonerated.
During divorce proceedings, Bar produced court documents accusing Tufnell of causing her to endure'anxiety, stress and an eating disorder'. She claimed he had continually harassed her and abused her, he has a step daughter. Tufnell is the president of a cricket charity– Cricket for Change, he is a Vice-President of UK children's charity the Children's Trust, Tadwort
Zimbabwe national cricket team
The Zimbabwe national cricket team is administered by Zimbabwe Cricket. Zimbabwe is a full member of the International Cricket Council with Test and One Day International status; as of November 2018, Zimbabwe is ranked tenth in Tests, eleventh in ODIs and twelfth in Twenty20 Internationals by the ICC. Zimbabwe – known as Rhodesia until 1980 – had a national cricket team before it achieved Test status. A brief summary of key moments: Rhodesia was represented in the South African domestic cricket tournament, the Currie Cup, sporadically from 1904 to 1932, regularly from 1946 until independence. Following independence, the country began to play more international cricket. On 21 July 1981, Zimbabwe became an associate member of the ICC. Zimbabwe participated in the 1983 Cricket World Cup, as well as the 1992 events. Zimbabwe's first World Cup campaign in 1983 ended in the group stage, as they lost five of their six matches. However, they threw a surprise against Australia. Batting first, Zimbabwe reached a total of 239 for 6 in the allotted 60 overs, with skipper Duncan Fletcher top-scoring with 69 not out.
Fletcher produced career-best figures of 4 for 42 to restrict Australia to 226 for 7, thereby recording a stunning upset in cricket history. In the 1987 World Cup, Zimbabwe lost all six of their group-stage matches, though they came close to winning against New Zealand. Chasing 243 to win from 50 overs, wicketkeeper-batsman David Houghton scored 142, but Zimbabwe were all out for 239 in the final over, thus losing by three runs. In the 1992 tournament, Zimbabwe failed to progress beyond the round-robin stage, losing seven of their eight matches, though there were two notable achievements. Against Sri Lanka in their first match, Zimbabwe posted their then-highest total of 312 for 4, with wicketkeeper-batsman Andy Flower top-scoring with 115 not out. However, the Sri Lankans chased this total down with four balls to spare. In their final match, Zimbabwe faced England in an inconsequential encounter, England having made the semi-finals. Batting first, Zimbabwe were all out for 134. Eddo Brandes produced a stunning spell of 4 for 21, including dismissing Graham Gooch first ball, to help restrict England to 125 all out and thus give Zimbabwe a shock nine-run victory.
These twenty World Cup matches were Zimbabwe's only international games during this period. Zimbabwe was granted Test status by the ICC in July 1992 and played its first Test match in October that year, against India at Harare Sports Club, they became the ninth Test nation. Zimbabwe's early Test performances were weak, leading to suggestions that they had been granted Test status prematurely. Of their first 30 Test matches, they won just one, at home against Pakistan in early 1995. In the one-day arena, the team soon became competitive, if not strong. In particular, world respect was gained for their fielding ability. In spite of his team's difficulties, wicket-keeper/batsman Andy Flower was at one point rated the best batsman in world cricket. During this era, Zimbabwe produced such cricketers as Flower's brother Grant, allrounders Andy Blignaut and Heath Streak. Murray Goodwin was a world-class batsman. Another world-class batsman was David Houghton, who holds the record for the highest individual Test score for Zimbabwe of 266 against Sri Lanka in 1994/95.
Sometime captain and middle order batsman Alistair Campbell, leg-spinning all rounder Paul Strang, Eddo Brandes, pace bowler/opener Neil Johnson were other important contributors for Zimbabwe on the world stage at this time. With the appearance of these quality players, a breakthrough was achieved in levels of performance in the late 1990s where the Zimbabwean team began winning Tests against other nations, which included a series win against Pakistan; the political situation in Zimbabwe declined at around the same time, which had a detrimental effect on the national team's performances. Zimbabwe excelled at the 1999 Cricket World Cup, coming in fifth place in the Super Sixes and only missing out on a semi-final place due to having an inferior net run-rate than New Zealand. In the group stage, Zimbabwe beat India by three runs, before facing their neighbours South Africa the best team in the world. Batting first, Zimbabwe made 233 for 6, with a well-fought 76 by opening batsman Neil Johnson.
In reply, South Africa collapsed to 40 for 6, before Lance Klusener and Shaun Pollock scored half-centuries to reduce the margin of defeat to 48 runs. This was one of Zimbabwe's most famous wins. Neil Johnson excelled with the ball, taking three wickets and claiming the Man of the Match award. Johnson quit playing for Zimbabwe after this tournament. During this period, Zimbabwe beat all Test-playing nations regularly. Zimbabwe beat New Zealand both home and away in 2000–2001; the team reached finals of many multi-national one day tournaments. Increasing politicisation of cricket, including selectorial policy, along with the declining situation in Zimbabwe disrupted the 2003 Cricket World Cup, jointly hosted by Zimbabwe and South Africa. England forfeited a match scheduled to be played in Zimbabwe, risking their own progress through the competition, citing "security concerns" as their reason. Zimbabwean players Andy Flower and fast bowler Henry Olonga wore black armbands, for "mourning the death of democracy" in Zimbabwe.
Both were dismissed from the team and applied for political asylum overseas. This public political protest caused considerable embarrassment to the co-h
Wasim Akram is a Pakistani cricket commentator and former cricketer, captain of Pakistan national cricket team. He is acknowledged as one of the greatest bowlers of all time. A left-arm fast bowler who could bowl with significant pace, he represented the Pakistan cricket team in Test cricket and One Day International matches. In October 2013, Wasim Akram was the only Pakistani cricketer to be named in an all-time Test World XI to mark the 150th anniversary of Wisden Cricketers' Almanack. Akram is regarded as one of the greatest fast bowlers in the history of game, the finest of all left-arm fast bowlers, he holds the world record for most wickets in List A cricket, with 881, he is second only to Sri Lankan off-spin bowler Muttiah Muralitharan in terms of ODI wickets, with 502 in total. He is considered to be one of the founders—and the finest exponent of—reverse swing bowling, he was the first bowler to reach the 500-wicket mark in ODI cricket during the 2003 World Cup. In 2002, Wisden released its only list of best players of all time.
Wasim was ranked as the best bowler in ODI of all time, with a rating of 1223.5, ahead of Allan Donald, Imran Khan, Waqar Younis, Joel Garner, Glenn McGrath and Muralitharan. Wasim has taken. On 30 September 2009, Akram was one of five new members inducted into the ICC Cricket Hall of Fame, he was the bowling coach of Kolkata Knight Riders. However, he took a break from the position for IPL 6, citing a need to spend more time with family in Karachi, he took a further break from IPL 2017, he was working as director and bowling coach of Islamabad United in Pakistan Super League, until he left to join Multan Sultans in August 2017. In October 2018, he was named in the Pakistan Cricket Board's seven-member advisory cricket committee.. In November 2018, he joined Karachi Kings, as a President; the Government of Pakistan awarded him the Hilal-e-Imtiaz on 23 March 2019 on his life time achievements In field of Cricket. Wasim Akram was born on 3 June 1966 to a Punjabi Muslim Arain family in Lahore."Wasim Akram".
Cricinfo. He was educated at Government Islamia College Civil Lines Lahore, where he played as an opening bowler and batsman. Akram's father, Chaudhary Muhammed Akram, was from a village near Amritsar in east Punjab, who moved to Kamonki, Pakistan, after the partition of India in 1947, he has 3 siblings. Two elder brothers, Naeem in Lahore and Nadeem in Canada, he has a younger sister Sofia, in Canada. Like several other Pakistani cricketers during the 1980s, his inclusion into the national side was at the behest of a senior player in the team, which in Akram's case was Javed Miandad. Imran Khan, being the top fast bowler of Pakistan at the time, became the mentor of Wasim Akram. At the age of 30, Akram was diagnosed with diabetes. "I remember what a shock it was because I was a healthy sportsman with no history of diabetes in my family, so I didn't expect it at all. It seemed strange that it happened to me when I was 30, but it was a stressful time and doctors said that can trigger it." Since he has sought to be involved in various awareness campaigns for diabetes.
Akram married Huma Mufti in 1995. They had two sons from their marriage of 15 years: Akbar. Huma died of multiple organ failure at Apollo Hospital in Chennai, India, on 25 October 2009. On 7 July 2013, it was reported that Akram had become engaged to an Australian woman, Shaniera Thompson, whom he had met while on a visit to Melbourne in 2011 while participating in a Poker tournament at Crown Casino. Akram married Shaniera on 12 August 2013, he was quoted as saying: "I married Shaniera in Lahore in a simple ceremony, this is the start of a new life for me, my wife, for my kids." He moved from Lahore to Karachi with his wife and kids. On 3 September 2014, the couple tweeted that they were expecting their first baby—the third child of the Akram family. On 27 December 2014, Shaniera delivered Aiyla Sabeen Rose Akram, in Melbourne. In 1988, Akram signed for Lancashire County Cricket Club in England. From 1988 to 1998, he opened their bowling attack in their ECB Trophy and Hedges Cup, National League tournaments.
He was a favourite of the local British fans, who used to sing a song called "Wasim for England" at Lancashire's matches. In 1998, with Akram as captain, Lancashire won the ECB Trophy and Axa League and finished second in the championship tournament despite losing only five matches in all competitions throughout the season. Akram made his Test cricket debut for Pakistan against New Zealand in 1985, in his second Test match, he claimed 10 wickets. A few weeks prior to his selection into the Pakistan team, he was an unknown club cricketer who had failed to make it to his college team, he came to the trials at Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore in Pakistan, but for the first two days he did not get a chance to bowl. On the third day, he got a chance. Akram was hence given an opportunity to play for Pakistan, without any significant domestic experience. Akram's rise in international cricket was rapid during the late 1980s, he was a part of the Pakistan team that toured the West Indies in 1988. However, a groin injury impeded his career in the late 1980s.
Following two surgeries, he re-emerged in the 1990s as a fast bowler who focused more on swing and accurate bowling. Akram started his ODI career against New Zealand in Pakistan in 1984 under the captaincy of Zaheer Abbas, he rose to prominence by taking five wickets in his 3rd ODI against
Christchurch Boys' High School
Christchurch Boys' High School referred to as CBHS, is a single sex state secondary school in Christchurch, New Zealand. It is situated on a 12-hectare site between the suburbs of Riccarton and Fendalton, 4 kilometres to the west of central Christchurch; the school provides boarding facilities for 130 boys in a residence called Adams House located about 500 metres to the east. The school's colours are deep black with an occasional flash of gold. Established in 1881, the prime purpose of Christchurch Boys' High School was to prepare students for enrolment into the newly formed Canterbury College, now known as the University of Canterbury, it was co-located with the College in downtown Christchurch, at the site of the modern-day Christchurch Arts Centre. As the university and school expanded, the school moved to its present location on Straven Road in 1926; the school's present site was a farm owned by Canterbury’s pioneer settlers, the Deans, several buildings from the Deans' farm still stand on the grounds.
The school's main building is registered by Heritage New Zealand as a Category I heritage building, with registration number 3658. Christchurch Boys' High School boasts many traditions; the school has produced many All Blacks, with only Auckland Grammar School having produced more. The school can lay claim to several famous cricketers. There is a unique ANZAC Day service each year, compulsory for new students of the school to attend to commemorate the hundreds of Old Boys' that fought and died in the two World Wars; the school song'Altiora Peto' has a third verse, only heard on this day. In 2004 CBHS provided 2 of New Zealands'top scholars', one of only 3 schools to do so with the other two both being girls-only schools in the Auckland region. Of note is the fierce rivalry Boys' High has with Christ's College and the annual Christ's College/Boys' High rugby match is a major event in any calendar year; this rivalry harks back over a hundred years to when the schools were not only the first two all male schools to be founded in Canterbury, but conveniently situated within 100 m of each other.
Of late, the school's cultural activities have gained some prominence, in particular its dramatic and musical productions where it joins forces with its sister school, Christchurch Girls' High School. Rewi Alley – writer, social reformer Brian Brake – photographer Allen Curnow – poet Alan Duff – writer Jason Gunn – radio and television personality Sir David Low – cartoonist Bill Sutton, artist Marlon Williams – musician Niel Wright – poet and critic Glenn Wilson – psychologist David J. Lockwood – physicist James Burrows – army commander Sir Leonard Monk Isitt – air force leader Sir Howard Kippenberger – army commander Keith Thiele – WWII pilot Bob Bell – former National MP for the Gisborne electorate Max Bradford – Minister of Defence 1998, former Chief Executive of National Party, Member of Parliament for Tarawera and Rotorua New Zealand Parliament Dr Donald Brash – Former leader of both the National Party, the ACT Party, former Governor of the Reserve Bank of New Zealand. George Forbes – Prime Minister of New Zealand from 1930 to 1935, first leader of the National Party Bruce Jesson – left-wing activist Keith Locke – spokesperson on international affairs and disarmament issues for the last decade Sir Maui Pomare – Māori politician, reformer Tony Steel – former All Black, Headmaster of Hamilton Boys' High School and Member of Parliament David Caygill - former Minister of Finance and Member of Parliament for St. Albans, in Christchurch.
Charles Luney – builder and company director Ian Athfield - Renowned architect Christchurch Boys' High has one of the richest sporting alumni of any school in New Zealand, having produced the Hadlee brothers and numerous All Black rugby footballers who have gone on to represent New Zealand with great distinction. David Ambler – sprinter Geoff Allott – New Zealand Cricket Team Corey Anderson – New Zealand Cricket Team Todd Astle – New Zealand Cricket Team Chris Cairns – New Zealand Cricket Team Lee Germon – Captain New Zealand Cricket Team Dayle Hadlee – New Zealand Cricket Team Sir Richard Hadlee – New Zealand Cricket Team Walter Hadlee – New Zealand Cricket Team Blair Hartland – New Zealand Cricket Team Llorne Howell – New Zealand Cricket Team Tom Latham – New Zealand Cricket Team Chris Martin – New Zealand Cricket Team Neil Broom – New Zealand Cricket Team Anton Cooper – Commonwealth Games gold medallist 2014, silver medallist 2018 Daniel Whitehouse – road cyclist Ben Sigmund – Wellington Phoenix Football Team Atta Elayyan, murdered in the Christchurch mosque shootings Nick Haig – New Zealand men's national field hockey team, Olympian Andrew Hastie – Black Sticks Selwyn Maister – Black Sticks, Olympic gold medallist 1976 John Christensen – Black Sticks, Olympic gold medallist 1976 Gary Lawson – Black Jacks Marty Banks – Highlanders player Daniel Carter – All Black Bob Deans – All Black Ash Dixon – Māori All Blacks captain Ben Franks – All Black Owen Franks – All Black Daryl Gibson – All Black Scott Hamilton – All Black Steve Hansen – All Blacks coach, Wales coach Sir Graham Henry – All Blacks coach, Wales coach David Hewett – All Black Anton Lienert-Brown – All Black Richard Loe – All Black Aaron Mauger – All Black Nathan Mauger – All Black Fergie McCormick – All Black Andrew Mehrtens – All Black James Paterson – USA Eagle Brodie Retallick – All Black Luke Romano – All Black Colin Slade – All Black Matt Todd – All Black Adam Thomson – All Black Patrick Vincent – All Black captain Kosei Ono – Japan natio
John Wright (cricketer)
John Geoffrey Wright, is a former international cricketer representing – and captaining – New Zealand. He made his international debut in 1978 against England. During his career, he scored more than 5,000 Test runs at an average of 37.82 runs per dismissal with 12 Test centuries, 10 of them in New Zealand. He played for Derbyshire in England. In first-class cricket he scored over 25,000 runs, he scored over 10,000 runs in List A limited-overs cricket. Following his retirement in 1993, he coached the Indian national cricket team from 2000 to 2005 and New Zealand from 2010 to 2012, he opened for New Zealand, was noted as a tenacious, rather than spectacular, batsman. His team nickname was "shake". Together with Bruce Edgar of Wellington, he formed what was arguably New Zealand's most successful and reliable opening partnership. During a match against Australia in 1980, he became the second player in history to score an eight off one ball in a Test, running four and collecting four overthrows. Toward the end of his career he used an unorthodox batting stance.
In the 1988 Queen's Birthday Honours, Wright was made a Member of the Order of the British Empire, for services to cricket. After retiring, Wright worked in sales for around two years – self-confessedly without great success. After taking up coaching for Kent County Cricket Club, Wright enjoyed a successful coaching career with India, from 2000 to 2005, during which time the team improved immensely, winning a home test series 2–1 against Australia, drawing a test series against Australia in Australia 1–1 in a four-match test series in 2003–04, winning a series against arch-rivals and reaching the final of the 2003 Cricket World Cup held in South Africa and Kenya; the following months saw the team lose form, series to Australia and Pakistan. In May 2005, former Australian skipper, Greg Chappell took over from Wright. Wright was appointed as coach of the World XI team that played Australia in the ICC Super Series 2005. On 20 December 2010, Wright was named as NZ Cricket Coach, he resigned that role in 2012, following New Zealand's tour of the West Indies.
In January 2013 Wright was appointed head coach of the Mumbai Indians in the Indian Premier League competition. The Mumbai Indians won that edition of the IPL. In 1990 together with New Zealand writer Paul Thomas he wrote an entertaining autobiography Christmas in Rarotonga. In 2006, Wright co-authored the book John Wright's Indian Summers describing his experiences as coach of the Indian Cricket Team along with Indian journalist Sharda Ugra and Paul Thomas. Official website of John Wright for his music John Wright at ESPNcricinfo
Canterbury cricket team
Canterbury is a New Zealand First-class cricket team based in Canterbury, New Zealand. It is one of six teams that make up New Zealand Cricket and has been the second most successful domestic team in New Zealand history, they compete in the Ford Trophy one day competition. They compete in the Burger King Super Smash competition as the Canterbury Kings. Plunket Shield 1922-23, 1930–31, 1934–35, 1945–46, 1948–49, 1951–52, 1955–56, 1959–60, 1964–65, 1975–76, 1983–84, 1993–94, 1996–97, 1997–98, 2007–08, 2010–11, 2013–14, 2014–15, 2016-17. Ford Trophy 1971-72, 1975–76, 1976–77, 1977–78, 1985–86, 1991–92, 1992–93, 1993–94, 1995–96, 1996–97, 1998–99, 1999-00, 2005–06, 2016-17. Super Smash 2005-06. Canterbury play their home matches at Hagley Oval in Christchurch. No. Denotes the player's squad number, as worn on the back of their shirt. Denotes players with international caps. See List of New Zealand first-class cricket records https://web.archive.org/web/20081014092016/http://nzcpa.co.nz/news/recent-news/nr1175555685.html "Fifty Years of Cricket: Jubilee of the CCA" from The Press, 23 December 1927 Canterbury Cricket Official Website Canterbury Kings Official Website Canterbury at CricketArchive
Waqar Younis is a Pakistani Australian cricket coach and former cricketer who captained Pakistan national cricket team. A right-arm fast bowler, Waqar is regarded as one of the greatest bowlers of all time, he is the former coach of the Pakistani cricket team. As of 2012, he holds the record for the youngest Pakistani Test captain and the third youngest Test captain in history, he played 87 Tests and 262 One Day International matches for Pakistan during his international cricket career from 1989 to 2003. Younis' trademark was his ability to reverse swing a cricket ball at high speed, he took 416 One Day International wickets during his career. Together with bowling partner Wasim Akram, he formed one of the world's most feared bowling attacks. Younis has the best strike rate, after Dale Steyn, for any bowler with over 350 Test wickets, he is the youngest bowler. He worked as a bowling coach with the national side from 2006 to 2007. Waqar was appointed as the coach of the Pakistan cricket team on 3 March 2010.
He resigned as Pakistan's cricket coach on 19 August 2011 citing personal reasons. He joined Sunrisers Hyderabad as their bowling coach for the Indian Premier League 2013 season. Younis was born in Punjab in a Punjabi Jatt Muslim family in Pakistan, he was educated in Sadiq Public School in Bahawalpur in Pakistan, the Pakistani College in Sharjah and the Government College in Vehari. He was raised in Sharjah in the United Arab Emirates, he started playing cricket there during his adolescent years. He is married to a Pakistani Australian, they have a son Azaan Waqar and daughters Mariam and Maira Waqar and now live in Kellyville in Australia. Younis has worked as a television sports commentator for the Nine Network in Australia and for Ten Sports in the United Arab Emirates, he is 183 cm. Waqar began his cricket career in 1987/88 Pakistan; however he suffered an injury when he had cut and removed his little finger on his left hand, after he had jumped into a canal. He went on to continue his sporting career.
He was discovered by former Pakistan captain, Imran Khan and was selected to be part of the national side. He had played only six first-class games. Waqar says "I remember Imran was not feeling well at the time, was not present at the camp. Luckily the Super Wills Cup was going on, there was a match between United Bank and Delhi XI. Saleem Jaffar got injured, I got the opportunity to play that game. Imran watched me on TV, came to the ground to watch the end of the game; the next day, he met me and told me that I will be going to Sharjah next month. Just meeting Imran at the time was enough of an experience for me, but for him to notify me of my selection was just out of this world." English audiences became aware of Waqar's talent during the early 1990s. By taking 113 wickets in 582 overs for Surrey in 1991, at a mere 14.65 apiece, by carrying on his shoulders an otherwise moderate county attack, he announced himself as one of the finest contemporary bowlers. There he displayed excellent cricketing performances and attracted attention from the sporting public.
He went on to win the English County Championship with Glamorgan in 1997. He took 7 wickets for 25 against Lancashire at Liverpool on 21 June 1997, which included a hat-trick achieved after narrowly missing a hat-trick and took 68 wickets in the season. Waqar made his International cricket debut for Pakistan against India on 16 November 1989, in the same match that Indian batsman Sachin Tendulkar made his debut. Waqar took 4 wickets in the drawn match including the wickets of Kapil Dev, he made an immediate impression with his speed and became known in the cricket media as "Wiki" or the "Burewala Express". Waqar along with Wasim Akram opened the bowling attack for Pakistan, becoming a feared and potent attack. At his peak, he developed into a quick fast bowler and achieved a hat-trick in a One Day International match against New Zealand in 1994. During the early periods of 2000, he stayed out of the Pakistan team for a brief period due to suspension and conflicts with bowling partner and captain Akram.
His return to cricket came with him being appointed the captain of Pakistan. However, he had to deal with a number of controversies. In July 2000 Waqar was banned to play in an international match for ball tampering and was fined 50% of his match fee, he was the first cricketer to be banned from playing in a match for such incident. He was involved in further controversy during 2003 World Cup matches. In the opening match against Australia, Waqar was removed from the attack after bowling a beamer at Andrew Symonds, becoming the first bowler to be disciplined in such a way during an international match; the Pakistanis crashed out of the group stage after winning only two matches, both against associate member teams. After the tournament he was dropped from international selection. After a nearly 15-year career, Waqar announced his retirement from cricket altogether in April 2004. In March 2006, he was appointed as the bowling coach for Pakistan, he resigned from this position on 6 January 2007 in protest against the Pakistan Cricket Board decision to retain him only for the Test series against South Africa and not for the subsequent series of five One Day International matches.
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