Former professional cricketer Ramiz Raja was a top-order hitter for Pakistan. He is recognized as a fashionable player who excels in flicks toward the square leg. He was a member of the Pakistani team that defeated England in the 1992 Cricket World Cup finals to win their first title, led by Imran Khan.
Through his cricket commentary for BBC and Ten Sports, he became increasingly well-known. He eventually rose to become the 36th Chairman of the Pakistan Cricket Board on September 13, 2021. (PCB).
He is serving as PCB chairman for a second term. He held this position from 2004 to 2009, during which time he was instrumental in the selection of Late Bob Woolmer as the team’s head coach and helped Pakistan win their first ICC World Twenty20 championship. Pakistan’s head coach Misbah-Ul-Haq and bowling coach Waqar Younis offered their resignations as a result of their ongoing disagreements with the chairman hours after Ramiz was named chairman.
Ramiz Raja Personal Information
|Full Name||Ramiz Hasan Raja|
|Date of Birth||14-Aug-1962|
|Current Age||60 Years|
|Current City||Lahore, Pakistan|
|Birth Place||Faisalabad, Pakistan|
|Address||Model Town Area, Lahore|
|Profession||Pakistani Former Cricketer|
|Height||In feet: 5 feet 10 inches
Centimeters: 178 cm
Meters: 1.78 m
Inches: 70 inches
|Weight||80 kg approx|
|Eye Color||Dark Brown|
Ramiz Raja’s Net Worth
|Net Worth||$1.5 Million|
|Bowling||Right-arm Leg Break|
|Role in Team||Batsman|
|Coach or Mentor||Imran Khan|
|Jersey / Shirt Number||N/A|
Islamabad Cricket Association
Pakistan National Shipping Corporation
|Test Cap Number||99|
|ODI Cap Number||56|
Ramiz Raja Education
|School|| St. Anthony High School, Lahore
Sadiq Public School, Bahawalpur
|College||Government College, Lahore
Aitchison College, Lahore
University of the Punjab, Lahore
|Father Name||Saleem Akhtar|
|Wife/Spouse||Ambreen Ramiz Raja|
|Siblings/Brothers||Wasim Raja, Zaeem Raja|
|Relatives||Ali Wasim Raja (Nephew)|
|Cricketer||Batter– Vivian Richards
Bowler– Wasim Akram
|Cricket Commentator(s)||Ian Chappell, Tony Greig|
|Singer||Kishore Kumar, Arshad Mahmood|
He made his List-A debut at the age of 14, and a year later, he began competing in first-class cricket. He finally played against England in his first international cricket match. He made his ODI debut against New Zealand the very next year.
In 298 games, Rameez, who made his List-A cricket debut in 1976, batted at an average of 35.54 and scored 9490 runs. He amassed 56 fifty-sixes, 15 centuries, and a top score of 131 runs. Rameez caught 62 fish throughout his List-A tenure.
With his best bowling performance in a game of 4/43, he bowled in a couple of innings and picked up six wickets. After some time, he started playing first-class cricket in 1977. He played 183 matches and amassed 10392 runs in 304 innings while maintaining a commendable batting average of 36.59.
He scored his best total in an inning of 300 runs, smashing 17 centuries and 63 fifty-sixes. In addition, he had 103 catches and dismissed six batsmen during his uncommon 2/2 bowling session.
Few batters have reached 10,000 runs in first-class cricket as Rameez has. He was given the chance to play for England throughout his early domestic career.
His most notable domestic teams were Pakistan, Lahore, Service Industries, Allied Bank, Punjab, Islamabad Cricket Association, Pakistan National Shipping Corporation, and the rest. He also played for a few more teams.
On March 2, 1984, Ramiz Raja made his test debut against England. He batted poorly, scoring just one run in each of his two innings. After that, he made just fifty test appearances and got his first century against Sri Lanka. He batted averagely in test matches, but on February 21, 1987, in Jaipur, he had his second outstanding test innings, scoring 114 runs against India. He scored three straight fifties to round out his test career.
In 12 matches against Sri Lanka, Rameez contributed the most runs with 744 runs at an average of 46.50 and seven fifty-plus scores. In nine games against India, he got four fifties and amassed 604 runs at an outstanding average of 43.14.
On February 6, 1985, he made his ODI cricket debut against New Zealand, scoring an outstanding 75 runs. He returned with 59 runs in his very next game. He scored his first century against England at Karachi in October 1987.
Ramiz Raja participated in the majority of the matches against the West Indies, scoring two centuries and eight half-centuries while amassing 1624 runs at an average of 32.48 in 53 games. He made 1446 runs with a batting average of 40.16 in 42 games against Sri Lanka. Rameez hit six fifty-six and three centuries.
He batted with the greatest average of any international team against New Zealand, averaging 53.58. In 20 matches, he scored 911 runs, including three centuries and six fifty-sixes.
Ramiz Raja participated in 16 games between the 1987 and 1992 World Cups, scoring 700 runs at an average of 53.84. He featured in seven matches during the 1987 World Cup, scoring 349 runs at an average of 49.87 including 100 against England.
He was instrumental in Pakistan’s success at the 1992 World Cup after hitting a century against New Zealand to advance his team to the semifinals. He received recognition for making the decisive catch for Pakistan against England in the 1992 World Cup.
Comeback & Captaincy
Ramiz returned to the team for the 1996 World Cup. He failed to win a single game during his test match captaincy and was removed. From 1992 to 1997, he served as captain, playing in 22 ODIs, and 7 Tests, and was undefeated in 7 ODI contests. In 1997, he gave up playing cricket in all its forms.
Ramiz Raja, who has provided analysis since he retired from domestic cricket, is renowned as Pakistan’s voice. Additionally, he provided commentary for Sky Sports and Test Match Special on other television networks. He was appointed chief executive of the Pakistan cricket board before subsequently resigning as a result of media controversies.
Records & Stats
Batting & Fielding
- Ramiz Raja formerly worked as a banker for American Express Bank after receiving his MBA before becoming famous.
- He was a key player in Pakistan’s historic victories in the World Cup finals of 1992 and 1987, where he took the decisive catch that gave the team its first World Cup triumph.
- While his in-laws are from Delhi and Karnal, he has ancestry in Jaipur, Rajasthan. He had excelled in school since he was a young boy. Her father and grandpa were both top-level cricket players, and his mother excelled in badminton. He hails from a sporting family.
- Wasim Raja, who played for Pakistan from 1976 to 1995, is his younger brother. It’s interesting to note that both brothers have represented Pakistan in the same number of Test matches (57 Tests).
- In the 1992 World Cup, he made 102 runs in his sixth ODI century but was unable to save his team from a loss to the Caribbeans. In the semifinals, Pakistan faced the New Zealanders.