Ramiz Raja turns 57 today, available for commentary in Sri Lanka


Bipin Dani  

Former Pakistani captain Ramiz Raja will be one of the TV commentators for the Test matches between Sri Lanka and New Zealand, it is learnt here. 

Ramiz Raja turns 57 today

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He will be the only Pakistani commentator and will be joined by at least two commentators each from visiting New Zealand and the home Sri Lankan teams.

Incidentally, former right-handed batsman Raja will be celebrating his 57th birthday on the first day play of the Galle Test.

Raja, who captained 5 Tests (all against Sri Lanka) is also a member of the MCC Cricket Committee. He, however, could not attend the recent Cricket Committee meeting in London, owing to his commentary assignments.

According to the sources close to the broadcasters in Sri Lanka, the other four commentators will be Simon Doull and Kyle Mills.  Roshan Abeysinghe and Russel Arnold will be the home commentators.

Ramiz Raja played 13 years for Pakistan national team. He made his test debut against England on March 02, 1984 and ODI debut against New Zealand on Feburary 06, 1987. He played his last test against Sri Lanka on April 06, 1997 and last ODI against India on September 21, 1997.

Batting and fielding averages in his career
Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave BF SR 100 50 6s Ct St
Tests 57 94 5 2833 122 31.83 2 22 3 34 0
ODIs 198 197 15 5841 119* 32.09 9226 63.31 9 31 33 0
First-class 183 304 20 10392 300 36.59 17 63 103 0
List A 298 295 28 9490 131 35.54 15 56 62 0
Bowling averages in his career
Mat Inns Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10
Tests 57
ODIs 198 1 6 10 0 10.00 0 0 0
First-class 183 509 343 6 2/2 57.16 4.04 84.8 0 0
List A 298 145 110 6 4/43 4/43 18.33 4.55 24.1 1 0 0
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