Rameez Raja

Rameez Hasan Raja (Urdu: رميز حسن راجہ; born 14 August 1962) is a Pakistani cricket commentator, YouTuber, and 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] He also talks about cricket on his YouTube channel Ramiz Speaks.

Rameez Raja
رميز راجہ
Rameez Hasan Raja

(1962-08-14) 14 August 1962
Alma materSt. Anthony High School, Lahore, Sadiq Public School, Bahawalpur Government College, Lahore
Personal information
RoleBatsman, commentator
RelationsWasim Raja (brother)
Zaeem Raja (brother)
Saleem Akhtar (father)
International information
National side
Test debut (cap 99)2 March 1984 v England
Last Test26 April 1997 v Sri Lanka
ODI debut (cap 56)6 February 1985 v New Zealand
Last ODI21 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
Best bowling
Catches/stumpings 34/0 33/0
Source: ESPNcricinfo, 31 January 2006

Personal life

Rameez Raja belongs to a Punjabi Rajput family from Lahore. On his wife's side, his mother-in-law is from Delhi and his father-in-law is from Karnal.[4]

Domestic career

Rameez made his first-class cricket debut in 1978, scoring over 9,000 runs in List A and 10,000 runs in 1st class matches. He remains one of only a few to reach 10,000 1st class runs in Pakistan. He got a national call against England. He was regarded as one of the prominent batsman playing in Pakistan's domestic circuit.

International career

Golden years

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 198 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

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".[5]

Late career

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

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 Pakistan cricket team's tours as well as in many domestic tournaments and international ICC tournaments.

See also


Preceded by
Saleem Malik
Pakistan Cricket Captain
Succeeded by
Aamer Sohail
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