Rameez Raja

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Rameez Raja
رميز راجہ
Born (1962-08-14) 14 August 1962 (age 55)
Faisalabad, Punjab, Pakistan
Alma mater St. Anthony High School, Lahore, Sadiq Public School, Bahawalpur
Personal information
Batting Right hand bat
Bowling Legbreak
Role Batsman, commentator
Relations Wasim Raja (brother)
Zaeem Raja (brother)
Saleem Akhtar (father)
International information
Test debut (cap [[List of {{{country}}} Test cricketers|99]]) 2 March 1984 v England
Last Test 26 April 1997 v Sri Lanka
ODI debut (cap [[List of {{{country}}} ODI cricketers|56]]) 6 February 1985 v New Zealand
Last ODI 21 September 1997 v India
Career statistics
Competition Test ODI
Matches 57 198
Runs scored 2,833 5,841
Batting average 31.83 32.09
100s/50s 2/22 9/31
Top score 122 119*
Balls bowled 6
Wickets 0
Bowling average
5 wickets in innings
10 wickets in match n/a
Best bowling 0/10
Catches/stumpings 34/0 33/0
Source: ESPN Cricinfo, 31 January 2006

Rameez Hasan Raja (Urdu: رميز حسن راجہ‬) (born 14 August 1962) is a Pakistani former cricketer, who represented Pakistan (sometimes as captain) during the 1980s and the 1990s. Since retiring from cricket, he has been a commentator in international cricket matches.[1][2][3]

Domestic career[edit]

Rameez made his first-class cricket debut in 1978.

International career[edit]

Golden years[edit]

He received his opportunity to play in a Test match against England. His performance was unimpressive, as he was dismissed for 1 run in each 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.

Rameez 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 undefeated during that period. He 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, Rameez 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.

Obstructing the field[edit]

Rameez became the first player in One Day International history to be given out "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 for "obstructing the field".[4]

Late career[edit]

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.

Commentary career[edit]

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. He continues to provide commentary on Pakistans tours as well as in many domestic tournaments.

International centuries[edit]

Test centuries[edit]

  • In the column Runs, * indicates being not out
  • The column title Match refers to the Match Number of the player's career
Test centuries of Rameez Raja
No Runs Match Against City/Country Venue Start date Result
[1] 122 6  Sri Lanka Sri Lanka Colombo, Sri Lanka P Sara Oval 22 March 1986 Drawn
[2] 114 12  India India Jaipur, India Sawai Mansingh Stadium 21 February 1987 Drawn

One Day International centuries[edit]

One Day International centuries of Rameez Raja
No Runs Match Against City/Country Venue Date Result
[1] 113 57[5]  England Pakistan Karachi, Pakistan National Stadium, Karachi 20 October 1987 Won
[2] 101 84  New Zealand New Zealand Auckland, New Zealand Eden Park 11 March 1989 Won
[3] 116* 101  Sri Lanka Australia Hobart, Australia Bellerive Oval 15 February 1990 Won
[4] 107* 102  Sri Lanka Australia Adelaide, Australia Adelaide Oval 17 February 1990 Won
[5] 114 107  New Zealand Pakistan Sialkot, Pakistan Jinnah Stadium 6 November 1990 Won
[6] 102* 121  West Indies Australia Melbourne, Australia Melbourne Cricket Ground 23 February 1992 Lost
[7] 119* 126  New Zealand New Zealand Christchurch, New Zealand AMI Stadium 18 March 1992 Won
[8] 109* 146  Sri Lanka United Arab Emirates Sharjah, UAE Sharjah Cricket Stadium 4 February 1993 Won
[9] 104* 164  West Indies United Arab Emirates Sharjah, UAE Sharjah Cricket Stadium 13 October 1995 Won

International awards[edit]

One-Day International Cricket[edit]

Man of the Match awards[edit]

S No Opponent Venue Date Match Performance Result
1 West Indies Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne 6 March 1985 1 Ct. ; 60 (88 balls, 7x4)  Pakistan won by 7 wickets.[6]
2 New Zealand Eden Park, Auckland 11 March 1989 101 (114 balls, 9x4, 1x6)  Pakistan won by 7 wickets.[7]
3 England Vidarbha Cricket Association Ground, Nagpur 30 October 1989 85* (82 balls, 8x4)  Pakistan won by 6 wickets.[8]
4 Sri Lanka Bellerive Oval, Hobart 15 February 1990 1 Ct ; 116* (148 balls, 8x4)  Pakistan won by 6 wickets.[9]
5 New Zealand Jinnah Stadium, Sialkot 6 November 1990 114 (123 balls, 14x4)  Pakistan won by 105 runs.[10]
6 Sri Lanka Sports Stadium, Sargodha 10 January 1992 74 (83 balls, 10x4)  Pakistan won by 8 wickets.[11]
7 South Africa SuperSport Park, Centurion 21 February 1993 53 (79 balls, 4x4, 1x6)  Pakistan won by 22 runs.[12]
8 West Indies Sharjah Cricket Stadium, Sharjah 13 October 1995 104* (134 balls, 7x4, 1x6)  Pakistan won by 15 runs.[13]

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Preceded by
Saleem Malik
Pakistan Cricket Captain
Succeeded by
Aamer Sohail