'Rameez ready to represent Pakistan'

Rameez Raja cracked a thrilling 97 Dr Naeem Ashraf

Karachi Dolphins batsman Rameez Raja jnr, who was the top scorer in the recently-concluded Faysal Bank Super Eight T-20 Cup, has earned praise from a former national selector and his Karachi coach for his performance, with calls for his inclusion in the national side.

"Rameez is ready to represent Pakistan and this is the best time that he is put in the team, as he is going through a purple patch," Shoaib Mohammad, a former national selector, told the News on Sunday.

"His consistent performances show that his batting displays are no fluke and he has the potential to excel," Mohammad said. "Now the selectors should induct him to test his mettle."

Rameez made 238 runs from five games at a strike-rate of 159.73 with two half-centuries, outscoring his team-mates Asad Shafiq, Shahzaib Hasan and Fawad Alam, who have already made their international debuts. Earlier this year, he was also the top-scorer in the Quaid-e-Azam Trophy Division One, with 801 runs from 11 games, including two centuries and five half-centuries.

Karachi coach Azam Khan said Rameez's performances were a reflection of his ability. "His performances speak for his talent and potential and he doesn't need anyone's support to break into the national side," Khan said. "He was superb throughout and never showed any signs of nerves. He is suitable for all three formats."