Rameez Hassan Raja

Rameez Hassan Raja (Cricketer)

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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.
    

Title Description
Personal
Name: Rameez Hassan Raja
Alternate name: Ramiz Raja
In Urdu: رمیز حسن راجہ
Famous As: Cricketer, Commentator
Nationality: Pakistani
Education: MBA from Punjab University
Religion: Islam
Profession: Commentator, Banker
Born
Date: 14 August 1962
Place: Faisalabad, Pakistan
Family
Ethnicity: Punjabi
Parents: Raja Saleem Akhtar
Siblings : Wasim Raja, Zaeem Raja
Relatives: Nephew:Ali Wasim Raja who has also played for Surrey Second XI.
Career
National Side: Pakistan
Team Role: Batsman/Right handed, Commentator, Leg Break Bowler
Bowling Style: Legbreak
Batting Style: Right hand Bat
Matches: Test: 57
ODI: 198
1st class: 183
List A: 298
Bowling Average: List A:18.33, 1st class:57.16
Batting Average: Test:31.83, ODI: 32.09,1st Class:35.54, List A:36,59


Profile

Rameez Hassan Raja

Rameez Hassan Raja

Raja was born in Faisalabad in Pakistan and studied at notable Pakistani institutions, Saint Anthony's High School Lahore and Aitchison College, Lahore and holds a Masters Degree in Business Administration. Post his MBA from Punjab University, Rameez went on to work as a banker for American Express after studying at the prestigious Aitchison College. Fortunately, good sense prevailed, and he chose cricket. His degree (and playing experience), however, came handy when he was appointed CEO of PCB.  

Raja clan

Ramiz's brother-Wasim Raja

Ramiz's brother-Wasim Raja

Rameez was not the first cricketer in his family, and neither was he the greatest: that honour would go to Wasim Raja, arguably the greatest batsman against West Indies at their prime in the 1970s and 1980s. Their father Raja Saleem Akhtar also played for Multan, as did the middle brother Zaeem. Wasim’s son Ali Wasim Raja has also played for Surrey Second XI. [1] raja clan 

Career

Well versed cricketer

Well versed cricketer

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. [2] career  
  • 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.

Raja was recalled

with shahrukh Khan

with shahrukh Khan

 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.  

Retirement

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.

As commentator

With moin, wasim and saqlain

With moin, wasim and saqlain

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. 

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".

Captain of Pakistan Cricket team

In HBL add

In HBL add

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. 

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.

Ramiz Rajas movie

Film Dorbaaz by Ramiz raja

Film Dorbaaz by Ramiz raja

In year 2017, Ramiz Raja announced that he is going to make a film titled as "DorBaaz" starring Bollywood hit actor Sanjay Dutt and glamour doll Katrina Kaif along with Raees's queen and very talented Mahira Khan. The film story is based on Cricket linked with terrorism. In an interview given to ARY channel, Ramiz told that he was planning this since last 10 years but due to some personal issue, he was unable to execute his dream into reality. [3] Dorbaaz   

Career Statistics

Test centuries

Test centuries of Rameez Raja
No Runs Match Against City/Country Venue Start date Result
1 122 6 Sri Lanka Colombo, Sri Lanka P Sara Oval 22 March 1986 Drawn
2 114 12  India Jaipur, India Sawai Mansingh Stadium 21 February 1987 Drawn

ODI centuries

One Day International centuries of Rameez Raja
No Runs Match Against City/Country Venue Date Result
1 113 57 England Karachi, Pakistan National Stadium, Karachi 20 October 1987 Won
2 101 84 New Zealand Auckland, New Zealand Eden Park 11 March 1989 Won
3 116* 101 Sri Lanka Hobart, Australia Bellerive Oval 15 February 1990 Won
4 107* 102 Sri Lanka Adelaide, Australia Adelaide Oval 17 February 1990 Won
5 114 107 New Zealand Sialkot, Pakistan Jinnah Stadium 6 November 1990 Won
6 102* 121 West Indies Melbourne, Australia Melbourne Cricket Ground 23 February 1992 Lost
7 119* 126 New Zealand Christchurch, New Zealand AMI Stadium 18 March 1992 Won
8 109* 146 Sri Lanka Sharjah, UAE Sharjah Cricket Stadium 4 February 1993 Won
9 104* 164 West Indies Sharjah, UAE Sharjah Cricket Stadium 13 October 1995 Won
  • In the column Runs, * indicates being not out
  • The column title Match refers to the Match Number of the player's career

Man of the Match Awards

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.
2 New Zealand Eden Park, Auckland 11 March 1989 101 (114 balls, 9x4, 1x6) Pakistan won by 7 wickets.
3 England Vidarbha Cricket Association Ground, Nagpur 30 October 1989 85* (82 balls, 8x4) Pakistan won by 6 wickets.
4 Sri Lanka Bellerive Oval, Hobart 15 February 1990 1 Ct ; 116* (148 balls, 8x4) Pakistan won by 6 wickets.
5 New Zealand Jinnah Stadium, Sialkot 6 November 1990 114 (123 balls, 14x4) Pakistan won by 105 runs.
6 Sri Lanka Sports Stadium, Sargodha 10 January 1992 74 (83 balls, 10x4) Pakistan won by 8 wickets.
7 South Africa SuperSport Park, Centurion 21 February 1993 53 (79 balls, 4x4, 1x6) Pakistan won by 22 runs.
8 West Indies Sharjah Cricket Stadium, Sharjah 13 October 1995 104* (134 balls, 7x4, 1x6) Pakistan won by 15 runs.

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