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The Raja of gaffes does it again

Update : 07 Feb 2016, 09:15 AM

Whether it is latent racism or just bad manners, we may never know, but Ramiz Raja's commentating style is just not cricket.

Cricketer-turned-commentator Ramiz's introduction to Bangladesh cricketer Tamim Iqbal in a post-match ceremony of Pakistan Super League has drawn sharp criticism.

On Friday, Tamim's brilliant 55 runs from 47 balls led Peshawar Zalmi to win their first match of the tournament against Lahore Qalandars. Tamim received $4,500 cash award for being the Man of the Match.

When Ramiz invited Tamim to have few words, the former Pakistani cricketer initiated the conversation with a ridiculous question.

Ramiz asked Tamim: "Tamim I can't speak your language (Bangla). What will you do? English or ..?"

He assumed that Tamim probably could not speak in English and may require to another language to express his words.

People were shocked at Ramiz's introduction and criticised the former Pakistan captain as soon as the video of the event went viral on social media platform Youtube.

Ramiz's criticism of Bangladesh cricket and its players had earlier irked the Bangladesh fans.

During 2015 ICC World Cup, commentator Ramiz started out by mocking the nicknames of the Bangladesh cricketers. The former skipper also made ill comments regarding the traffic system of Bangladesh. 

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