Raja Saleem Akhtar passes away April 29, 2004

Rameez and Wasim Raja's father dies at 74

Wisden Cricinfo staff

Raja Saleem Akhtar, the father of Test cricketers Wasim and Rameez Raja, died of a heart attack in Lahore on April 22. He was 74.

A retired civil servant, Raja Saleem Akhtar played first-class cricket for Multan and Sargodha as a right-hand batsman and legspinner. He made his first-class debut for Multan against Bahawalpur in 1958-59, and later captained them.

In a first-class career lasting five seasons and ten matches he scored 187 runs at an average of 10.38 with a highest score of 87. He also took 17 wickets at a cost of 18.29 with 5 for 34 his best.

Apart from Wasim and Rameez who had distinguished Test careers for Pakistan, he had another son, Zaeem, who also played first-class cricket.