Ramiz Raja

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Ramiz Hasan Raja (Punjabi, Urdu: رمیز حسن راجہ; born 14 August 1962) is a former Pakistani cricketer who is currently serving as the 36th Chairman of the Pakistan Cricket Board. As a player, Raja represented Pakistan (sporadically as a captain) during the 1980s and the 1990s. Since his retirement from cricket, he has been a commentator on international cricket matches. He also talks about cricket on his YouTube channel Ramiz Speaks.[2][3][4]

Ramiz Raja
رميز راجہ
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Ramiz Raja at the launch of PSL in 2015.
35th Chairman of Pakistan Cricket Board
Assumed office
13 September 2021
Appointed byImran Khan
PresidentArif Alvi
Prime MinisterImran Khan
Preceded byEhsan Mani
Personal details
Ramiz Hasan Raja

(1962-08-14) 14 August 1962 (age 59)
Faisalabad, Punjab, Pakistan
Alma mater
OccupationChairman Pakistan Cricket Board, Former Pakistani Cricketer
Personal information
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 1/22 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

Early life and educationEdit

Ramiz Raja was born in a Shia Rajput family, whose roots are from the city of Jaipur, in the Indian state of Rajasthan. On his wife's side, his mother-in-law is from Delhi and his father-in-law is from Karnal.[5]

Ramiz Raja is an alumnus of Sadiq Public School Bahawalpur , Aitchison College, Lahore and Government College University, Lahore.[6][7][8]

Domestic careerEdit

Ramiz 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 batter playing in Pakistan's domestic cricket.[9]

International careerEdit

Golden yearsEdit

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.[10]

Ramiz 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.[11] 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, Ramiz 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.[9][12]

Obstructing the fieldEdit

Ramiz 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.[13] 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".[14]

Late careerEdit

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.[15][12]

Commentary careerEdit

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.[16][17]

Personal life and familyEdit

Raja's mother-in-law and father-in-law are from Karnal, Haryana.[citation needed] His father Saleem Akhtar was a cricketer in British colonial era and played for Multan while his both brothers Wasim Raja and Zaeem Raja were also cricketers of Pakistan national cricket team.

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Cricketing dynasties of 2 families".
  2. ^ "Rameez builds his own Rajasthani palace". Hindustan Times. 19 November 2007. Retrieved 23 September 2020.
  3. ^ "Ramiz Raja formally elected as PCBchairman". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 13 September 2021.
  4. ^ Dawn.com (13 September 2021). "Ramiz Raja elected new PCB chairman 'unanimously and unopposed'". DAWN.COM. Retrieved 13 September 2021.
  5. ^ Inzamam-ul-Haq, 28 May 1997, Outlook India. Retrieved 1 September 2018.
  6. ^ "GC University Lahore produces five prime ministers of country: grand celebration to mark 148th birthday – Business Recorder". Retrieved 16 January 2022.
  7. ^ "Happy Birthday GCU". The Nation. 1 January 2014. Retrieved 16 January 2022.
  8. ^ "Board Of Governors | Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Official Website". www.pcb.com.pk. Retrieved 16 January 2022.
  9. ^ a b "Pakistan lauds 'King of Entertainment' Sehwag". The Hindu. PTI. 9 December 2011. ISSN 0971-751X. Retrieved 23 September 2020.{{cite news}}: CS1 maint: others (link)
  10. ^ "Rameez Raja launches attack on Mohsin Khan". The Hindu. PTI. 28 June 2012. ISSN 0971-751X. Retrieved 23 September 2020.{{cite news}}: CS1 maint: others (link)
  11. ^ "Ramiz Raja batting bowling stats, averages and cricket statistics, 2022". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 26 January 2022.
  12. ^ a b "Rameez Raja Profile - Cricket Player,Pakistan|Rameez Raja Stats, Ranking, Records inCricket -NDTV Sports". NDTVSports.com. Retrieved 23 September 2020.
  13. ^ "Full Scorecard of England vs Pakistan 2nd ODI 1987/88 - Score Report | ESPNcricinfo.com". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 26 January 2022.
  14. ^ "Pakistan v England 1987-88: Second One-day International". Wisden 1989. ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 20 December 2017.
  15. ^ "11 things you need to know about Rameez Raja". Cricket Country. 14 August 2014. Retrieved 23 September 2020.
  16. ^ Editorial (1 May 2015). "Rameez Raja's nine hilarious commentary moments". India News, Breaking News, Entertainment News | India.com. Retrieved 23 September 2020.
  17. ^ Mustafi, Suvajit (30 April 2015). "Rameez Raja's nine hilarious commentary moments". DNA India. Retrieved 23 September 2020.

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Preceded by Chairperson of Pakistan Cricket Board
Succeeded by
Preceded by Pakistan Cricket Captain
Succeeded by