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Despite a good overall record, Wasim was often seen as expendable, and received his fair share of rebuffs from the selectors. He was also uneasy with the hierarchical nature of Pakistan's dressingroom, once refusing to hang out a senior team-mate's socks to dry, and this may have cost him the chance of the captaincy. But Wasim's batting, full of daring highbacklift drives, always kept him in the running for a place, and he was rarely on the sidelines for long. His twirling legspin was often an afterthought, but he still claimed 51 Test wickets, and once took eight for 65 - and 14 wickets in the match - in an Under-25 Test in Colombo in 1973-74.
After his international career was over, Wasim moved to England, and studied at Durham University, anchoring them to the UAU Championship title in 1990 despite the after-effects of a near-fatal car accident the previous December. He also played for Durham in their pre-first-class days. He became a teacher, but maintained his cricketing involvement. Wasim had a brief spell as Pakistan's coach in 1999, and a stint as an ICC referee, overseeing 15 Tests. He also carried on playing, and was representing Surrey Over-50s in a match at Marlow when he collapsed with a heart attack and died. His brother, Ramiz Raja, also played 57 Tests for Pakistan (the first two in the same side as Wasim), and is now a TV commentator.