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Last Updated: Wednesday, 23 August 2006, 15:51 GMT 16:51 UK
Pakistan saddened by Raja death
Wasim Raja
57 Tests
2,821 runs, average 36.16, highest score 125, 51 wickets, best bowling 4-50
54 ODIs
782 runs, average 22.34, highest score 60, 21 wickets, best bowling 4-25
250 1st-class games
11,434 runs, average 35.18, highest score 165, 558 wickets, best bowling 8-65
Pakistan cricket is mourning the death of former Test all-rounder Wasim Raja at the age of 54.

He suffered a fatal heart attack while playing in a club game in London.

Raja played 57 Tests and 54 one-day games between 1973 and 1985 and later served as a match referee for the International Cricket Council.

He settled in London after marrying an Englishwoman and had a spell teaching geography and physical education at a Surrey school.

His death comes in the middle of a bad week for Pakistan cricket following the loss of the fourth Test by forfeit after the umpires ruled them guilty of ball tampering at The Oval.

In an interview with the BBC Sport website in 2002, Wasim backed the introduction of a new code of conduct.

He described it as "straight and simple and will produce good results as far as cricket discipline is concerned".

During his playing career, Raja was known primarily as a dashing middle order batsman, although he was a good enough leg-spinner to take 51 wickets in Tests.

His younger brother Rameez also represented Pakistan and is in England covering the current tour as part of the Sky TV commentary team.

Paying tribute to Raja, ICC president Percy Sonn described him as "a great servant" and "a true entertainer".

He added: "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."


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