Commentary panel for Asia Cup 2023 announced

Former Pakistan captain Ramiz Raja was not part of the commentary panel for the upcoming Asia Cup which was announced on Friday.

From Pakistan, Bazid Khan, Aamer Sohail, Wasim Akram and Waqar Younis were included in the commentary panel.

Ravi Shastri, Andy Flower and Matthew Hayden are the other prominent names in the commentary panel for the Asia Cup.

It must be noted that Raja returned as commentator during the Test series between Pakistan and Sri Lanka last month.

The former opener was away from the commentary box since September 2021, when he was elected as the chairman of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) for a period of three years.

However, Raja, along with other PCB members, was removed from the post after just one year and was replaced by a 14-member management committee led by Najam Sethi.

Raja was only the fourth former Pakistan international cricketer to lead the PCB after Abdul Hafeez Kardar (1972-1977), Javed Burki (1994-1995) and Ijaz Butt (2008-2011).

Raja was Pakistan’s 18th Test and 12th ODI captain, and featured in 255 international matches in which he accumulated 8,674 runs from 1984 to 1997.

The 60-year-old has previously served the PCB as its Chief Executive from 2003-2004, has represented Pakistan on the ICC Chief Executives’ Committee and presently sits on the MCC World Cricket Committee.

He has been a successful broadcaster with leading cricket networks all over the world and is widely considered as the voice of Pakistan cricket.

The Asia Cup, which will take place in Pakistan and Sri Lanka, will start on August 30 with the final set to be played on September 17.


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