- Pakistan National Cricket Team 1977 - 1998
Ramiz Raja is the younger sibling of Wasim Raja. He was the opening batsman of the Pakistan national cricket team. However, he became more famous as a cricket commentator which was a job he took after retirement from cricket. He was well spoken in English, courteous and urbane. Raja’s father was a top civil servant in Pakistan.
Raja was a right handed batsman who preferred to score runs on the leg side. However, he could never score the runs that he should have and as a result, in the 57 Tests that he played he scored only 2 centuries. When Salim Malik was the captain of Pakistan, the match fixing controversy started and Rameez was appointed as the skipper. However, in 1995-96, under the captaincy of Raja, Pakistan lost their home series against Sri Lanka. Due to this some players collaborated to have him removed as they found his integrity inconvenient.
Later on, he became a television commentator and the Chief Executive of the Pakistan Cricket Board.
Ramiz Raja got the chance to play in 198 ODIs and in these he amassed 5841 runs at a batting average of 32.09 and batting strike rate of 63.31. His highest score was 119 not out. He struck 9 centuries and 31 half centuries and took 33 catches.
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