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Full name Ramiz Hasan Raja – Also known as Rameez Raja
Born August 14, 1962, Lyallpur (now Faisalabad), Punjab
Major teams Pakistan, Allied Bank, Islamabad Cricket Association, Lahore, Pakistan National Shipping Corporation, Punjab, Service Industries
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Legbreak
Relation Father – Saleem Akhtar, Brother – Wasim Raja, Brother – Zaeem Raja
Rameez Hasan Raja is a former Pakistani right handed batsman in cricket, who represented the Pakistan cricket team during the 1980s and 1990s. He also worked as captain of the national team. Since retiring from professional cricket, he has become a sports and television commentator.
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Hafeez becomes first batsman to be given out for obstructing field during Dur...
22 Mar 2013
Johannesburg: Pakistan opening batsman Mohammad Hafeez became the first batsman ever to be given out for obstructing the field under the International Cricket Council (ICC) rules during the fourth one-day against South Africa in Durban on Thursday. Hafeez”s body blocked a throw by South Africa wicketkeeper AB de Villiers as the batsman ran to the [...]
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Karachi teams leave to participate in Faysal Bank One-Day tourney
4 Mar 2013
Karachi, Karachi Zebras left for Islamabad on way to Mirpur (Azad Kashmir) on Monday to play against Lahore Lions in the Faysal Bank One Day Cricket Tournament starting March 5. Meanwhile, Karachi Dolphins also left for Hyderabad on Monday to play against Lahore Eagles. Karachi Zebras: Faisal Iqbal (Captain) Khurram Manzoor (Vice Captain), Tabish Khan, [...]
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Pakistan CC clinches KCCA tourney title
22 Dec 2012
Karachi : Six-time champions Pakistan Cricket Club defeated Alamgir Gymkhana by 88 runs in the final of 7th NBP-KCCA Premier Cricket League to secure their seventh title here Friday at NBP Sports Complex. Pakistan CC batted first in the final and put on board 266-8 in allotted 40 overs. Rameez Raja batted well for the [...]
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KCCA League final today
10 Dec 2012
Karachi, Pakistan Cricket Club will meet Alamgir Gymkhana in the final of KCCA Zone V1 A Division League Cricket Tournament today (Tuesday) here at RLCA Ground. Teams: Pakistan Cricket Club: Adnan Kaleem (captain)Sarfraz Ahmed, Anwer Ali, Asad Shafiq, Nauman Alvi, Naeem Ahmed Khan, Javed Mansoor, Junaid Ilyas, Fazal Subhan, Akbar Ur Rehman, Ali Asad, Faraz [...]
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Pakistan CC thrashes Northern Gym to enter final
8 Dec 2012
Karachi,Akbar-ur-Rehman played a whirlwind 102-run knock, which came off only 56 balls, to help Pakistan Cricket Club record a massive 227-run triumph against Northern Gymkhana and qualify for the final of KCCA Zone-VI A Division League here at RLCA Ground. Akbar smashed nine boundaries and seven sixes in his knock to help his team post [...]
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No senior PCB officials to attend ICC awards
14 Sep 2012
Karachi : Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has decided against boycotting ICC Awards and as a token will send some squad members to the event but no senior board official will attend the ceremony. The omission of deserving Pakistani off-spinner Saeed Ajmal from the short-lists of Cricket of the year and Test Cricketer of the [...]
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Pakistan CC clinches KCCA title
19 Jul 2012
Karachi: Pakistan Test Star Asad Shafiq knocked 54 runs to help Pakistan Cricket Club clinch KCCA Abdul Dyer Cup Inter Club Cricket Tournament title after beating Nazimabad Gymkhana by five wickets in the final on Wednesday at Asghar Ali Shah Stadium. Nazimabad Gymkhana batted first and put on board 204-9 in allotted 40 overs. Owais [...]
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Pakistan recall Kamran, Razzaq & Imran Nazir for World Twenty20
11 Jul 2012
KARACHI – Pakistan on Wednesday named Kamran Akmal in their provisional 30-man squad for this year’s World Twenty20, after the wicketkeeper-batsman was cleared of suspicions of spot-fixing. A Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) integrity committee last week questioned Kamran before approving him for the squad for the tournament in Sri Lanka in September and October. “Kamran [...]
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PCB needs to look into IPL issue: Azhar Mahmood
26 Apr 2012
Islamabad: Pakistani cricketer Azhar Mahmood, who recently became the first from his country to play in the Indian Premier League (IPL) since 2008, has called on the cricket boards of India and Pakistan to reconcile their issues and allow other Pakistani players to play in both countries. “I cannot really answer as to why the [...]
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Azhar Mahmood targets Indian Premier League success
17 Mar 2012
Karachi, Former Pakistan all-rounder Azhar Mahmood, now a British citizen, will be first player of Pakistani origin to figure in Indian Premier League IPL since first edition in 2008. Thirty seven year old was bought by Kings XI Punjab at IPL players’ auction in Bangalore. He played 21 Tests scoring 900 runs, taking 39 wickets [...]
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Waqar backs Whatmore’s appointment as Pakistan cricket coach
8 Mar 2012
Karachi, Former Pakistan coach Waqar Younis has backed Dav Whatmore’s appointment as the head coach of Pakistan’s cricket team. “I think the appointment of Whatmore is a good decision by the Pakistan Cricket Board. Dav has done wonders previously and did really well in Sri Lanka in 1996 and then he worked with Bangladesh and [...]
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Misbah not good enough for T20 match: KCCA president
29 Feb 2012
Karachi, All the top Pakistani national team cricketers team will be seen into action during T20 Tribute to Siraj Bukhari Benefit match on 3rd March here at National Stadium but skipper Misbah-ul-Haq will not be a part of it as KCCA president Siraj-ul-Islam Bukhari has not called him because he doesn’t think Misbah is potentially [...]
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PCB must have zero-tolerance attitude when it comes to indiscipline: Rameez Raja
5 Nov 2011
Sharjah: The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) must have a zero-tolerance attitude towards indiscipline and corruption to ensure that any spot-fixing or match-fixing scam doesn’t affect the country again, according to former Pakistan captain Rameez Raja. Raja’s comment comes after former captain Salman Butt, and fast bowlers Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Amir, were jailed by London’s [...]
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Pak spot-fixing convictions will help clean up cricket: Rameez Raja
5 Nov 2011
Sharjah: Former Pakistan captain Rameez Raja feels that the manner in which London’s Southwark Crown Court dealt with the spot-fixing scam involving three Pakistani players will clear the game of corruption. Raja also believes that the controversy created by the events during the 2010 Lord’s Test against England has indirectly helped the Pakistan team gel [...]
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Raja was born in Faisalabad in Pakistan and studied at Saint Anthony’s High School Lahore and Aitchison College, Lahore and holds a Masters Degree in Business Administration. His brother, Wasim Raja, also played Test cricket for Pakistan and another brother, Zaeem Raja, played First-class cricket in Pakistan. He did His masters from Oxford university.
Raja made his First class cricket debut in 1978. He received his opportunity to play in a Test match against England. His performance was unimpressive, as he was dismissed for 1 run in both innings. However, with the retirement of several players in the Pakistan squad and with the help of his years of experience in first class cricket, Raja was able to secure a spot in the national side.
Raja played international cricket for 13 years, appearing in 57 Test matches, with a career average of 31.83 and scoring two centuries. In the One Day International arena, he played 200 matches and scored 9 centuries. He was a member of the national side that reached the semi finals of the 1987 World Cup. He scored 2 centuries in the 1992 World Cup, which was held in Australia, including a century, against New Zealand, who had been un defeated during that period. Raja was awarded the man of the match for his match winning performance which earned Pakistan a place in the semi-finals of the tournament. In the final against England, Raja had the honour of taking the final catch which won the world cup for Pakistan. This became the pinnacle of his cricketing career, as within a year of this triumph, he had lost form and was dropped from the national side.
However, he was recalled back to the Pakistan squad and played in the 1996 cricket World Cup. During the 1995–1996 season, he was removed from the captaincy, after Pakistan lost their first home series to Sri Lanka. His final game in a Test match for Pakistan, was as captain in the 1996–1997 tour of Sri Lanka, however the team failed to win a match during the series. He retired from all forms of cricket in 1997 and since then he has been active as a television commentator and as an administrator for both Pakistan and International cricket.
Raja has worked as a commentator on Test Match Special and Sky Sports, during the 2006 England Test series against Pakistan. He has also worked as the chief executive of the Pakistan Cricket Board, but resigned from his job in August 2004, citing increasing media commitments.
1987–1988: Given out for obstructing the field
Raja became the first player in One Day International history to be given out by “obstructing the field” against England, in a match at Karachi in 1987. England had scored 263 runs for 6 wickets during their 44 over innings. For Pakistan, Raja opened the batting and had reached 98 runs when the last ball of the match was bowled, with Pakistan needing 25 runs to win in the last over. During this last over, he hit the ball and sprinted for two runs that would have given him his century, but was well short of the crease when the fielder’s return came towards him and Raja knocked the ball away with his bat and was given out “obstructing the field”.
1995–1996: Captain of Pakistan Cricket team
Almost a decade later, he was involved in another controversy when he captained Pakistan to their first Test home series loss against Sri Lanka in September 1995. Before being brought in as captain for the series, he had often opened the batting innings with both Aamer Sohail and Saeed Anwar at different match, but without success. As a captain, he did not open the innings in any of the three Test match and opted to bat at number three, his preferred position. He was sacked as captain after Pakistan lost the series and was replaced by Wasim Akram. He got a second chance at captaincy when, immediately in the next season in 1996–1997, he led the Pakistan team for the second time in two Test match against Sri Lanka in Sri Lanka, but failed to achieved a win. This was his final appearance in a Test match for Pakistan.
2003–2004: Pakistan Cricket Board
Raja worked as a CEO of the Pakistan Cricket Board, simultaneously serving as a cricket commentator. He resigned from the post of the CEO in August 2004 citing increasing media commitments as the reason for his decision.