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    R.I.P Wasim Raja

    Wasim Raja dies playing cricket
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    Wasim Raja: © ICC
    Wasim Raja, the former Pakistan batsman who went on to become an ICC match referee, has died while playing for Surrey Over 50s at High Wycombe in Buckinghamshire. He was 54.

    "Wasim had a big heart attack on the field," said a Surrey spokesman. "He felt dizzy, and mentioned this to the slips, saying that he felt he had to go off. He was carried off but then collapsed on the boundary."

    Wasim, who was the brother of Rameez Raja, was a bearded left-hand middle-order batsman, whereas Rameez was a clean-shaven right-hand opener. Wasim could bowl as well, brisk, flat top-spinners rather than legbreaks, pioneering the style followed by Anil Kumble and Shahid Afridi. Wasim also had one outstanding series when he proved himself the most effective of some very fine Pakistan batsmen in the West Indies in 1976-77.

    He might have made a good Pakistan captain in a rather old-fashioned amateur swashbuckling fashion, but coming from the country's elite, studying in Durham and marrying an Englishwoman, he tended to be above the political battle. This, however, stood him in good stead in later life, when he was appointed as one of the ICC's elite panel of match referees.

    He played 57 Tests between 1973 and 1985, scoring 2821 runs at 36.16 with four hundreds, the best of which was 125. He also took 51 wickets at 35.80 with a best of 4 for 50. Both his career-best performances came against India at Jalandhar in 1983-84. He also played 54 ODIs. He was subsequently a match referee in 15 Tests, the last of which was in 2003-04.

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    RIP, thoughts with Rameez especially
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    Oh Gosh. Thats terrible.

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    Wow this is sad news indeed. RIP.


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    Shocking news. Still very young.
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    Died while playing cricket ,At 54 . RIP
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    Yikes. RIP. A real loss to the cricket world.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cricinfo
    bearded left-hand middle-order batsman
    That's a pretty strange way to describe a player.

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    Seems like only yesterday he was walking out at Lords in 1974 to resume his inninngs on the wet wicket after the covers had leaked .

    R.I.P.

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    Terrible news

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    R.I.P, thoughts are with his family.

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    Wasim Raja... terrible loss

    This is a terrible loss.
    A tribute and discussion thread opened here:
    http://pakistaniat.wordpress.com/

    This also has a lively discussion on the Inzimam controversy.

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    sad news...very stylish player...could have accomplished more in his career, there was a lot of wasted talent....

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