A serious car accident nearly ended his life, let alone his playing days, in December 1989, but he eventually returned to the game, helping Durham win the UAU Championship the following summer, with a match-winning 50 in the final. He returned to the Test side on the tour to England in 1974. Kolkata, Noida, Gurgaon, Wasim made his first-class début at 15, for Lahore, while still at school at Government College. Find your bookmarks in your Independent Premium section, under my profile, There are no comments yet - be the first to add your thoughts, There are no Independent Premium comments yet - be the first to add your thoughts, Email already exists. His father was a high-ranking civil servant. Test: vs. England at National Stadium, Mar 02, 1984. Most liked, -1) ? In their second innings, Pakistan were reduced to 158–9 by Andy Roberts and Colin Croft, a lead of only 144 just over half-way through the fourth day, but a last-wicket stand of 133 with Wasim Bari set the West Indies a target of 306. GIKI graduates develop Pakistan's first real-time online shopping search engine. Subscribe to updates Unsubscribe from updates . West Indies won their next 12 matches at Bridgetown, until they were finally beaten by England in the 4th Test in 1994. … Wasim Raja died on August 23, 2006, in Marlow, Buckinghamshire in England while he was playing cricket and representing Surrey. Oldest first, -1) ? Perhaps in annoyance at seeing his brother dropped, he scored a hundred in the next Test at Faisalabad. He came into the Test side in 1972/73, called up as a replacement for the tour of New Zealand. Raja obtained a master's degree in political science from Government College, Lahore. try again, the name must be unique, Please Community During his playing career, Raja was known primarily as a dashing middle-order left-handed batsman, with a characteristically generous backlift and breathtaking stokeplay combining a keen eye with wristy execution. Wasim came from a cricketing family. He was also a coach for the Pakistan Under-19 team, and International Cricket Council match referee in 15 Tests and 34 ODIs from 2002 to 2004. In total, Wasim scored 2,821 Test runs and took 51 wickets, while in ODIs he scored 782 runs and took 21 wickets. 'active' : ''"> He went on to teach geography and physical education at Caterham School in Surrey for 15 years. real-world solutions, and more. His father, the late Saleem Akhtar, and two younger brothers, Zaeem and Rameez, all played first-class cricket. 'active' : ''"> It allows our most engaged readers to debate the big issues, share their own experiences, discuss Newest first, -1) ? Most liked. He used to practice with Imran Khan, quite often not bothering to wear pads. He collapsed and died on Wednesday while playing cricket for Surrey over-50s at High Wycombe. try again, the name must be unique, Please KARACHI, Aug 23: Former Pakistan all rounder Wasim Raja … Are you sure you want to mark this comment as inappropriate? "After he stopped playing at the elite level he remained involved through his role as an ICC match referee and we should all be grateful for the work Wasim did for the betterment of the game we all love.". Oldest first, -1) ? "I did not know Wasim personally but what I do know is that the game has lost a great servant, a true entertainer and someone who played with a flair that only a player with real talent can display. Wasim's first-class career spanned 20 years from 1967/68 during which time he played 250 matches with 11,434 runs as an attacking left-hander and 558 wickets thanks to his quickish leg-breaks. He was to play only a handful more Tests - his last coming in 1984/85 against New Zealand, despite calls in the media for his recall at home against the West Indies and for the tour to India in 1986/87. He was captain of the Pakistan Under-19 side. Wasim Raja dies playing cricket. Wasim, the brother of fellow Pakistan international Rameez Raja, was a left-handed middle-order batsman. For a number of years, he played minor counties cricket for Durham, where he met his wife, Anne, also a useful cricketer, and took his teaching degree at the university. Want to bookmark your favourite articles and stories to read or reference later? Newest first, -1) ? "The proof of that talent is there for all to see in the fact that his finest series was against the great West Indies side of the late 1970s, and anyone who made runs against that line-up at that time could play. Lucknow, Patna, Chennai, His younger brother, Rameez Raja, also represented Pakistan in Tests and ODIs, becoming captain of the national side. Bengaluru, Hyderabad, Bhopal Independent Premium Comments can be posted by members of our membership scheme, Independent Premium. The police moved in to clear them, which took over two hours. There is a memorial plaque there in his honour. MOTION ASSIST LTD (07313629) Company status Active Correspondence address 72 St. Helens Road, Bolton, BL3 3NP . try again, the name must be unique, Show{{#moreThan3_total}} {{value_total}} {{/moreThan3_total}} comments, You may not agree with our views, or other users’, but please respond to them respectfully, Swearing, personal abuse, racism, sexism, homophobia and other discriminatory or inciteful 'active' : ''"> Their father, Raja Saleem Akhtar, also played first-class, captaining Sargodha, before concentrating on his career in the Civil Service. In all, he played 11 Tests against the West Indies, making 919 runs at 57.43 during an era when most batsmen struggled against them. No hype, just the advice and analysis you need, Register with your social account or click here to log in. Ranchi. Wasim Raja: An Intoxicating Experience . His finest hour in Test cricket was the tour to the West Indies in 1976–77, when he topped the Pakistani batting averages with 517 runs at 57.4 and came second in the bowling averages with 7 wickets at 18.7, behind Majid Khan. "Wasim had a big heart attack on the field," a Surrey spokesman told the Cricinfo website. [1] He top-scored in both innings of the drawn 1st Test in Barbados, to push West Indies to within one wicket of their first loss at Kensington Oval since 1935. Always best in difficult circumstances, he countered Derek Underwood on a wet wicket at Lord's with an all-out attack to hit a superb 50. Want to discuss real-world problems, be involved in the most engaging discussions and hear from the journalists? Wasim Hasan Raja (Punjabi, Urdu: وسیم حسن راجہ ‎) (3 July 1952 – 23 August 2006) was a British Pakistani schoolteacher, match referee, cricket coach and cricketer who played in 57 Tests and 54 ODIs for the Pakistani national cricket team from 1973 to 1985. Filter appointments Filter appointments Current appointments Total number of appointments 9 Date of birth September 1984. Twitter Share Email. Wasim, the brother of fellow Pakistan international Rameez Raja, was a left-handed middle-order batsman. Jaipur, will be published daily in dedicated articles. Wasim Hasan Raja, cricketer: born Multan, Pakistan 3 July 1952; married (two sons); died High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire 23 August 2006. Delhi, Mumbai, He made his international debut in 1973 and went on to play at the highest level for 12 years, appearing in 57 Tests and 54 ODIs, including matches in each of the first three World Cups, in 1975, 1979 and 1983. He settled in England after studying at Durham University and marrying an Englishwoman. He made an impact in the warm-up matches and was drafted in for the first Test at Wellington, where he made an attractive 41 in the second innings. Enter your email to follow new comments on this article. Rameez, ten years his junior, went on to captain Pakistan and served as the Pakistan Cricket Board chief executive. Log in to update your newsletter preferences, Monday - Friday plus breaking news alerts by email. His demeanor was casual, body lithe and lanky, topped with a gorgeous mane, a “now you see me now you don’t” beard, hazy eyes with a lost look and he looked distinctly misplaced when he walked on to the cricket field. Start your Independent Premium subscription today. , Chandigarh , Dehradun, Wasim Raja was born in Multan in the Punjab. He made his highest Test score against them - 125 not out at Jullundur, where he also recorded his best bowling figures, four for 50 with his under-utilised leg-spin. Now a broadcaster, Rameez has been commentating on Pakistan's tour of England for British-based satellite channel Sky. He was survived by his wife and two sons, Ali and Ahmed, both cricketers. Due to the sheer scale of this comment community, we are not able to give each post Wasim Raja, the former Pakistan batsman who went on to become an ICC match referee, died on Wednesday while playing for Surrey Over-50s at Marlow in Buckinghamshire, southern England. He is survived by his wife and his sons, Ali and Ahmad. Wasim Raja was born in 1952, the eldest of three boys all of whom would play first-class cricket. Indore, He settled in London after marrying an Englishwoman, Ann. Raja played the game with passion and pride, and with enjoyment uppermost in his mind. He died of a heart attack in Marlow, Buckinghamshire, England in August 2006 while playing cricket for the Surrey over-50s side. Wasim RAJA. His father was a high-ranking civil servant. Role: Batsman and Commentator. The existing Open Comments threads will continue to exist for those who do not subscribe to He finished his career with impressive enough statistics - 2,821 runs at 36.16 with four centuries and 51 wickets at 35.80 - but he will always be remembered for the style and spirit in which he played the game. Raja obtained a master's degree in political science from Government College, Lahore. He played his best cricket in the Caribbean on the 1976/77 tour, making over 500 runs and finishing top of both the batting and bowling averages for the series against the side that had just destroyed England. Start your Independent Premium subscription today. SPONSORED CONTENT. Wasim Raja was born in 1952, the eldest of three boys all of whom would play first-class cricket. Paying tribute, International Cricket Council president Percy Sonn said, "This news has left me deeply shocked and saddened and I would like to express my sincere condolences to Wasims wife and family. 'active' : ''"> Cricket Career Picture Credit: Ben Radford /Allsport. He studied for a certificate in education from Durham University, and had a spell teaching geography, mathematics and physical education at Caterham School in Surrey. The cricketer Wasim Raja was a highly talented all-rounder who represented Pakistan in 57 Tests and 54 one-day internationals, coached the national side for a short while, and also had a spell as an ICC match referee. His innings was such a fine one that, instead of the usual handful of well-wishers that used to run on to the field to congratulate a batsman on reaching three figures, there was a full-scale invasion. Wasim Raja was born in Multan in the Punjab. He had an excellent record against India, hitting two nineties on the 1978/79 tour there when many of the other frontline batsmen crumpled under the pressure, and finishing the series with 450 runs at 56.25.