Ramiz Raja is a former worldwide cricketer who performed for Pakistan as a top-order batsman. He’s broadly considered a classy participant who is understood for his flicks in direction of square-leg. He was within the Pakistani squad that received their maiden Cricket World Cup in 1992 beating England within the finals underneath the captaincy of Imran Khan. He gained extra limelight by means of his cricket commentary for BBC and Ten Sports activities. On 13 September 2021, he went on to turn out to be the thirty sixth Chairman of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB). It’s his second time period as a PCB chairman. The final time he remained on this place was in 2004 the place he performed a key function in hiring Late Bob Woolmer as the top coach of the facet underneath whose steering, Pakistan received their maiden ICC World Twenty20 title in 2009. Hours after Ramiz’s appointment as a boss, Pakistan’s head coach Misbah-Ul-Haq and bowling coach Waqar Younis submitted their resignations resulting from their ongoing conflicts with the chairman.
Ramiz Raja was born on Tuesday, 14 August 1962 (age 61 years; as of 2021) in Faisalabad (Jap Pakistan). Curiously, 14 August is well known as Independence day of Pakistan.
He spent his childhood in his hometown the place he acquired the inspiration for enjoying cricket from his brother who’s ten years older than him. He began enjoying cricket at an age of eight. Initially, he performed for his faculty staff. Quickly, he acquired the prospect to symbolize his staff in a list-A match in 1976.
He made his worldwide debut towards England on 2 March 1984 at Gaddafi Stadium (Lahore) within the take a look at match underneath the captaincy of Zaheer Abbas. He might handle to attain solely 26 and 6 runs in each innings. Just a few months later, he made his ODI debut towards New Zealand on 6 February 1985 on the Dunedin cricket floor in New Zealand. From thereon, he represented Pakistan in 291 worldwide innings and scored a complete of 8674 runs. He was concerned in uncommon batting dismissals and is the primary worldwide cricketer ever to be given out “Obstructing the Area”. His main contribution was within the 1992 World Cup the place he took the ultimate catch of England’s batsman to carry the staff’s maiden World Cup title. He’s additionally the fifth-highest run-getter in that season and 2nd highest among the many Pakistanis. He performed his final worldwide recreation towards India on 21 September 1997 in an ODI which resulted in a win for his facet.
Top (approx.): 5′ 10″
Hair Color: Pure Black
Eye Color: Darkish Brown
Ramiz Raja belongs to a sports-oriented household. His father has performed cricket for the Multan staff whereas his mom was a superb badminton participant.
Dad and mom & Siblings
His father, Saleem Akhtar is a retired Police Commissioner whereas his mom is a homemaker.
He has two elder brothers. His brother Wasim Raja has performed for Pakistan from 1976 to 1995.
His cousin Atif Raul can also be a former worldwide cricketer who performed for the Pakistan staff in 1994. His nephew Ali Wasim Raja has performed for Surrey Second XI.
Spouse & Kids
He’s married to Ambreen Ramiz Raja and has two sons.
Mannequin City Space, Lahore
He acquired chosen within the enjoying eleven for the third take a look at match towards England in an enormous Gaddafi Stadium. Their staff is lead by Zaheer Abbas. He received the toss and elected to subject first on a gradual observe. England had a foul begin once they misplaced half of their facet in simply 83 runs. Then Graeme Fowler had a gradual partnership with Vic Marks and took the rating to 203 earlier than Fowler acquired dismissed on 58. England went to attain 241 runs of their first innings. Pakistan however scored 341 runs with Ramiz contributing priceless 26 runs off 45 balls. In reply, England scored 344 runs for 9 within the second inning. Then, Pakistan’s opener took the rating to the place victory was only a formality. Immediately, they misplaced six wickets inside a span of 26 runs. The goal has shrunk to 70 runs wanted off 14 overs with 5 wickets remaining. Then got here Ramiz who steadied the ship and took the facet to a draw, which at one time looks as if Pakistan has misplaced the sport. He remained not out until the tip going through simply 17 balls however hanged his bat on the opposite finish supporting his accomplice Sarfraz Nawaz. With this, Pakistan received the sequence 1-0.
Just a few months later, he performed his first One-Day Worldwide recreation towards New Zealand at Christchurch. On a batting-friendly wicket, New Zealand has received the toss to opted to bat first. They posed their inning steadily and put 264 runs on the board for a lack of eight wickets. Pakistan batted second and in a single second, their rating was 129 for six, then Ramiz Raja performed a knock of run a ball with one six and 7 fours. He held a partnership of 108 runs together with Anil Dalpat and took the rating to the place they require 15 runs off the final over. Richard Hadlee bowled the final over and wrapped up the Pakistani innings along with his three wickets of the primary 4 balls. Ramiz was being disguised as a future batsman after that inning.
Just a few days later, Ramiz was chosen for the Benson & Hedges World Championship in Australia. Seven international locations have been taking part on this match. Pakistan and arch-rival India have been in the identical group together with Australia and England. They’d their opening recreation towards India the place after profitable the toss, they elected to bat first. Pakistan had a disappointing match the place they misplaced the match by six wickets after placing 183 runs on the board. Ramiz is the second-highest run-scorer for Pakistan in that match. He scored 26 runs going through 37 deliveries. Within the subsequent match, Pakistan received convincingly towards Australia. Their subsequent match was towards England. Pakistan misplaced their opening wicket on 37 runs when Ramiz got here to bat. He held a partnership of 56 runs with Mudassar Nazar and took the rating to 213 runs for the lack of eight-wicket. England however was all out on 146 runs and misplaced the match by 67 runs. They have been within the semis the place they are going to be going through the Caribbean. West Indies have received the toss and batted first. They placed on 159 runs on the board. It was in all Pakistan’s fingers. Ramiz Raja got here at one down throughout the first few overs within the inning. He took the rating to 97 earlier than he acquired dismissed on 60. The remainder of the duty was finished by the opposite Pakistani batsmen they usually received the match inside 46 overs. Ramiz was adjudged as Man of the Match. Curiously, it was Clive Lloyd’s final worldwide recreation. Pakistan didn’t do a lot towards India within the finals and misplaced the match by 8 wickets.
On 25 October 1985, in the course of the third ODI between Pakistan and Sri Lanka in Lahore, Pakistan opted to subject first. Sri Lanka gave Pakistan a goal of 239 to chase in 38 overs. Pakistan however saved their nerve going by conserving in contact with the required six runs per over. This time once more, Ramiz stood on the wicket alongside along with his captain Javed Miandad and took the rating to 130 runs the place his contribution was 56 runs off 56 balls. After he acquired out, it was all in Pakistan’s fingers. They chased the goal swiftly inside 36 overs after dropping 5 wickets. Ramiz was as soon as once more spectacular within the subsequent match with a knock of 45 runs off 43 deliveries and took his facet to a straightforward victory by 89 runs. Pakistan received the four-match sequence 4-0. He then performed the third take a look at towards the identical opponent. With the assistance of Ramiz’s knock of 52 runs, Pakistan scored 295 runs in reply to Sri Lanka’s 162 runs. He had a partnership of 75 runs for the seventh wicket together with Imran Khan. This partnership was a report at the moment. Pakistan was then given the goal of 98 runs which they received with out dropping any wicket. In a while 17 November 1985, he took half within the tri-series towards India and West Indies. The match towards India was like a stroll within the park for them. When Pakistan went on to attain 203 runs within the allotted 45 overs. Pakistan misplaced their opening batsman cheaply on a rating of 18 runs. Ramiz then took the rating to 118 runs earlier than he was caught by Gavaskar off the bowling of Roger Binny. In reply, India might handle solely 155 runs dropping all their wickets in 41 overs. He misplaced his kind after that the place his rating was lower than 50 runs within the subsequent few worldwide video games. In March 1986, Pakistan had a tour of Sri Lanka for the three-match take a look at sequence. On the ultimate take a look at match which was the decider between the 2 sides, Sri Lanka batted first and placed on 281 runs on the board. Pakistan misplaced their first three wickets inside 50 runs. Ramiz then saved one finish anchored having misplaced the important thing wickets of Javed Miandad, Saleem Malik, and captain Imran Khan. He went on to attain 122 runs and posted a lead of 37 runs. It was his first worldwide hundred. On the fourth day, Sri Lanka carried their innings in direction of the final day and ended the sport in a draw. Just a few months later in February 1987, Pakistan confronted India on the Eden Gardens (Kolkata), the place greater than 90,000 spectators have been there to witness the bilateral match. India scored 238 runs in 40-overs. Pakistan however despatched Ramiz and debutant Younis Ahmed because the opening batsmen. Ramiz didn’t disappoint his captain and scored 58 runs with a strike charge of 87 earlier than he acquired dismissed off the bowling of Ravi Shastri. Pakistan received that match comprehensively of the final over of the match.
On 13 March 1987, a take a look at match happened between Pakistan and India at Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bangalore. It was the decider take a look at match because the earlier 4 take a look at matches resulted in a draw. Pakistan batted first on a spinner-friendly wicket and will handle 116 runs. Ramiz had the contribution of twenty-two runs. However, India additionally had patchy innings when additionally they acquired out scoring 145 runs on the board. This was adopted up by Pakistan’s 249 runs the place Ramiz was once more the top-scorer with 47 runs. Pakistan went on to win by marginally 16 runs. It’s the first take a look at sequence on the Indian sub-continent.
After few days, Pakistan defeated Australia by eight wickets in One-dayers. Ramiz scored 56 runs in that match. On 10 April 1987, a match happened between Pakistan towards India within the Sharjah Cup ultimate. Pakistan gave India an opportunity to bat after profitable a toss. India scored 183 runs for the lack of eight wickets. In reply, once more Ramiz stole the present along with his 53 runs as a gap batsman. He acquired dismissed when the rating was 91 runs, and the remainder of the work was finished by the unbeaten partnership between Saleem Malik and Javed Miandad in 42 overs. On 8 October 1987, the fourth World Cup was held in India and Pakistan collectively. Pakistan was in group B together with England, West Indies, and Sri Lanka. Of their opening recreation, they defeated Sri Lanka by 15 runs. Ramiz Raja once more is the second-highest run-scorer for the staff with 76 runs. Pakistan received their subsequent match towards England by 18 runs.
This adopted up with a match towards West Indies the place towards the rating of 216 runs, Pakistan accomplished their goal within the final over of the match. At one second, their rating was 28 for the lack of two wickets. Then, he together with Javed Miandad took the rating to 92 runs earlier than he acquired dismissed on 42. It was a roller-coaster match however finally, it was all in Pakistan’s fingers. Then, they confronted England the place the guests 244 runs within the first inning. In reply, Ramiz made his first World Cup century and chased the goal with one over to spare.
Then, in a match towards Sri Lanka on 25 October, Ramiz placed on the opening partnership of 64 runs with Mansoor Akhtar which helped Pakistan to put up the goal of 298 runs on the board. In reply, Sri Lanka might solely handle 184 runs for the lack of eight wickets. They have been within the semis of the World Cup the place they are going to be going through ex-champion West Indies. West Indies having batted first put 258 runs on the board. Ramiz Raja in reply took Pakistan’s rating to 147 for the lack of three wickets. He scored 70 runs however couldn’t stop the ending of their staff’s World Cup journey. He scored 248 runs on this mega-event. In November 1987, Pakistan confronted the customer England for the One-day dayers. It was the primary time that Ramiz acquired out in nervous nineties. England after profitable the toss elected to bat first. The guests scored 263 runs in 44 overs. Pakistan in reply might rating 240 runs and misplaced the match. Ramiz Raja was given out in an uncommon style two instances earlier than this match towards the identical opponent. The primary time when he was given an incorrectly given run out at WACA when after giving the catch to the fielder, he was strolling in direction of the pavilion, unknowing the truth that the umpire has provided that no-ball. The catcher noticed Ramiz strolling and immediately threw the ball to the stumps and the remainder of the duty was finished by the bowler. The identical immediate occurred once more on the Oval in the course of the Texaco Trophy.
However this time, he was on 98 when he performed a shot and went for the run. The primary run was accomplished efficiently, however as he turned to take the second run, the fielder threw the ball in direction of the stumps, to which Ramiz deflected the ball along with his bat. He was then given out “Obstructing the Area”. Nevertheless, in an interview with a information channel in 2015, he advised that
“The batsman will get out on this style primarily due to ignorance of the legal guidelines. It occurs so shortly that the batsman has no time to assume the rest. The sufferer realizes his mistake these days. I don’t assume any batsman would wish to be out on this style. Not less than in my case, it was actually the ignorance of legal guidelines on the time. Out of the entire of six batsmen being given out by this mode of dismissal in ODIs, 4 are from Pakistan. “That’s how the Pakistani batsmen make the sport fascinating.”
Ramiz was on the peak of his kind from March to October 1988 the place he scored 273 runs in ODI video games. In December, Benson & Hedges World Sequence happened in Australia the place Australia and West Indies took half. Their first match was towards the West Indies led by Sir Vivian Richards. Pakistan, after profitable the toss, gave the opposition to bat first. West Indies have placed on 269 runs of their allotted 47 overs. When Pakistan got here out to bat, they misplaced their first two wickets on a rating of 17 runs. Then Ramiz held a gradual partnership with Javed and took the rating to 81 earlier than Javed acquired dismissed by Courtney Walsh. Once more he steadied the ship however the staff saved on dropping the wickets from one other finish. Pakistan might solely handle 180 runs after dropping seven wickets. Ramiz scored 69 of that complete runs with only one 4. Their subsequent match was towards Australia the place he couldn’t do a lot because of this their facet as soon as once more misplaced the match by 9 wickets. He couldn’t carry out within the subsequent two video games as nicely resulting from which Australia and West Indies went by means of to the finals. West Indies went on to seal the trophy. He misplaced his kind after that and will solely handle single-digit scores within the subsequent few video games. Then the tour of New Zealand got here up the place Ramiz scored 224 in 4 ODI matches. Within the third ODI between the 2 sides, Ramiz chipped in with 101 and chased the 250 runs goal dropping simply three wickets in 49 overs. He was adjudged “Man of the Match” for his effort. In October 1989, Nehru Cup was held in India. Pakistan, India, West Indies, Australia, and Sri Lanka have been the nation that took half in the one version of this cup until date. Pakistan misplaced their first match towards England however got here again strongly towards the world champions Australia by profitable the sport by 66 runs. They misplaced the following match towards the Windies however received their succeeding match by six runs towards the Sri Lankans. Ramiz couldn’t carry out a lot in that video games. However the recreation towards India noticed Ramiz again in kind along with his 77 runs and assist Pakistan to pose 279 runs on the board. In reply, India acquired all out inside 42 overs on 202 runs. With this, they reached the semis the place they are going to be going through England. England scored 194 runs in 30 overs (overs decreased resulting from rain). Pakistan got here out to bat within the second inning. He anchored the inning from one finish scoring 85 runs off 82 deliveries and carried the bat all by means of because of this Pakistan received that match comprehensively with seven wickets to spare. They may once more be going through West Indies within the finals. West Indies went on to attain 273 runs for the lack of 5 wickets. Pakistan misplaced their early wicket in a type of Aamir Malik when the rating was 4 runs. Ramiz took the rating to 64 runs earlier than he acquired dismissed on 35 going through simply 31 balls. However ultimately, Pakistan received that match within the final over of the match and grabbed the title.
Just a few days later, India went on a tour of Pakistan to play 4 take a look at match sequence. Ramiz scored 223 runs out of the seven innings he performed and apparently, all of the video games resulted in a draw. This adopted up with the four-match One-day sequence. The primary match acquired deserted resulting from rain. The second recreation was received by Pakistan by seven runs. The third ODI was as soon as washed off resulting from rain. The final one-dayer noticed Ramiz enjoying 24 runs earlier than he acquired out off the bowling of Ravi Shastri. Pakistan received that match and sealed the sequence 2-0. In October 1991, a tri-series was held at Sharjah that includes Pakistan, India, and West Indies. Pakistan misplaced their first two matches towards West Indies and India. Ramiz chipped in with 49 and 35 runs in each video games. Their match towards Windies was some of the fascinating video games at the moment. Pakistan misplaced their first two wickets inside a span of 63 runs, then he took the rating to 200 runs earlier than he acquired dismissed on 90 runs by Courtney Ambrose. Pakistan scored 236 runs within the full quota of overs. West Indies have been needing ten runs of the final over. Off the bowling of Waqar Younis, Windies batsmen might handle eight runs within the first three balls however find yourself dropping the final wicket with no runs of the remaining deliveries. This led to Pakistan sealing the match by only one run. Ramiz then missed the remaining two matches resulting from damage although his facet received each the matches. His subsequent ODI century got here towards Windies within the 1992 World Cup collectively held in Australia and New Zealand respectively. That match noticed his 102 runs that took the staff’s complete to 220 runs dropping simply two wickets. In reply, West Indies with out dropping any wicket surpassed the goal with three overs to spare.
Pakistan went on to succeed in the semi-finals the place their match was towards the Kiwis. Kiwis scored 262 runs of their inning and when Pakistan got here to bat. It appeared like an unattainable goal till Ramiz had the second wicket stand of 54 runs. He scored 44 runs in that match. Pakistan received the semis with one over to spare. Now the World Cup trophy was only one match away from Pakistan. Ramiz Raja was elated with the way in which his staff carried out throughout the entire match. The ultimate happened on 25 March 1992 in Melbourne between Pakistan and England.
Sadly, he couldn’t rating a lot in that match. Nevertheless, his staff’s complete went to 249 runs for the lack of six wickets. England however got here to 208 runs dropping 9 wickets. Imran Khan bowled the ultimate over. The second supply he bowled, tempted the tail-ender Richard Illingworth to play an aerial shot whereas making a room. The ball went excessive up within the air. Ramiz known as for it and took the catch safely. Not solely he took the catch but in addition bestowed his nation their maiden World Cup title ever.
The entire of Pakistan was celebrating and so was their captain Imran Khan who stated goodbye to worldwide cricket after that historic match. Ramiz scored 349 runs in that complete match.
On 4 Feb 1993, Ramiz Raja created the report opening stand of 204 runs towards Sri Lanka within the Wills Trophy Finals at Sharjah Stadium. With the assistance of Ramiz’s 109 runs, Pakistan managed to placed on 281 runs in 41 overs for the lack of three wickets. Sri Lanka might solely rating 167 runs within the full quota of 41 overs and Pakistan but once more sealed the finals of a tri-series. He misplaced his kind after that. The final ODI century of his profession got here towards Windies on 13 October 1995 at Sharjah throughout a Champions Trophy match. Pakistan whereas batting first misplaced their three wickets inside a span of fifty runs. Ramiz as soon as once more got here up with a century knock and batted until the tip taking the rating to a decent 242 runs for the lack of 4 wickets. West Indies might solely handle 227 runs dropping all their wickets. That is the final century in his worldwide profession. He later captained the facet from 1992 to 1997 and scored 917 runs in that interval. He performed underneath the captaincies of Imran Khan, Javed Miandad, Wasim Akram, and Zaheer Abbas.
On 26 April 1997, he got here to the take a look at subject for the one ultimate time of his life at Colombo (Sri Lanka). Ramiz Raja might rating 36 and nil runs in that match and assist his facet to attract the match. With that, the two-match sequence resulted in 0-0.
On 21 September 1997, Ramiz got here to the sector for the ultimate time in his worldwide profession towards India in Toronto (Canada). His ultimate match ended up with a win by 5 wickets. Although, he couldn’t open his account in that match. He was additionally the captain of the facet. He additionally performed in a home circuit whereas enjoying for Allied Financial institution, Islamabad, Cricket Affiliation, Lahore, Pakistan Nationwide Transport Company, Punjab, and Service Industries.
- Cricketers (Batsman)- Vivian Richards
- Cricketers (Bowler)- Wasim Akram
- Cricket commentators– Ian Chappell and Tony Greig
- Singer- Kishore Kumar and Arshad Mahmood
- His ancestors are from Jaipur, Rajasthan whereas his in-laws are from Delhi and Karnal (Haryana). He did his education at St. Anthony Excessive Faculty, Lahore, and Sadiq Public Faculty, Bahawalpur. Later he joined Authorities Faculty (Lahore) from the place he accomplished his commencement. He then accomplished his MBA from Aitchison Faculty and College of the Punjab, Lahore. After that, he joined American Categorical Financial institution as a banker. His grandfather was additionally a national-level cricketer.
- In 2016, he was made a full-time member of the Marylebone Cricket Membership (MCC).
- He charges Imran Khan, Javed Miandad, Abdul Qadir, Wasim Akram, and Inzamam-Ul-Haq as the most effective Pakistani cricketers in chronological order.
- Ramiz Raja has a deep inclination in direction of Rajasthani structure. He’s so impressed by its magnificence that he modeled his home on the verge of its well-known Rambagh Palace. He additional revealed that
“I advised Nayyar Ali Dada to have it designed on the sample of Rambagh Palace. I acquired to see the palace from shut quarters when the Pakistani staff stayed there throughout a Take a look at match in February 1987.”
- He as soon as batted on the eighth place on 29 February 1996 in ODI towards South Africa scoring simply two runs. Curiously, he has a greater common within the second inning of the entire ODI video games, he performed. He averages 36.44 whereas batting first, his batting common goes down to twenty-eight.97.
- Nevertheless it’s one other method spherical in his take a look at profession. His first-inning common is 36.89 whereas his second-inning common goes right down to 23.24. Even within the take a look at matches, he as soon as performed at eighth place on 19 March 1984 towards England in Lahore.
- He performed 198 matches and scored 5841 runs with a mean of 32.09. He’s one amongst only a few batsmen whose ODI common is greater than their take a look at common. He scored most of his ODI runs towards Windies with 1624 runs. Windies in that point was primarily the hardest facet to beat consisting of the quick bowlers like Courtney Walsh, Courtney Ambrose, Malcolm Marshall, Ian Bishop, and lots of others. He has a greater report within the Asian sub-continent. Speaking concerning the ODI captains, he performed underneath Aamir Sohail, Abdul Qadir, Imran Khan, Javed Miandad, Saeed Anwar, Saleem Malik, and lastly Wasim Akram. He had virtually 70% of his runs as a gap batsman in each codecs of the cricket (there was no T20 at the moment).
- He represented Pakistan in 57 take a look at matches (identical as his brother Wasim Raja) and scored 2833 runs with a mean of 31.83. His favourite staff is Sri Lanka towards whom he scored probably the most variety of runs. Within the Asian sub-continent, he has a mean of 35.08. 1987 is the most effective 12 months in his Take a look at profession when he scored 520 runs in ten Take a look at matches. Just a few months later in September, Ramiz got here for the ultimate time in his worldwide profession towards India in Toronto, Canada. His ultimate match ended up with a win. Total, he performed 198 matches and scored 5841 runs with a mean of 32.09. His most runs have been towards West Indies with 1624 runs. Similar to his take a look at profession, in ODIs as nicely, he was greatest within the Asian sub-continent. He performed underneath seven ODI captains throughout his tenure in worldwide cricket. He scored 69% of his worldwide runs whereas opening the innings in each codecs of cricket.