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Ramiz Raja recalls ‘historic’ martial law era incident at cricket match

Ramiz Raja, former chairman of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), recounted a disturbing event from the martial law period under Ziaul Haq, where a cricket match was interrupted for a public flogging.

In an interview with Suno Sports, Raja described how the initially empty stadium suddenly filled with 10,000 people and police officers. An officer instructed Raja to remove the wickets, explaining that a flogging was to take place as a form of punishment.

“A prisoner was brought in, and someone began whipping him as he ran, much like pacer Haris Rauf,” Raja recalled. “The prisoner then waved to the crowd as if he was a hero. Immediately after, everyone left the stadium, and the match resumed.”

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Raja, who found this incident to be a significant and historic moment in his life, shared that it occurred during a first-class cricket match.

Throughout his career, Ramiz Raja has significantly influenced Pakistani cricket. He played for Pakistan in the 1980s and 1990s, including being part of the 1992 World Cup-winning team, and is well-known for his right-handed batting.

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