Saturday, 28 February 2015



Mohammad Aamer Sohail (born on 14 September 1966), is a professional Pakistani cricketer, he formed one of the best opening combinations Pakistan has ever had. Sohail was a predominantly back foot player whose forte was improvisation. He loved to attack, and almost found it impossible to control his aggression. He showed no fear, epitomised by his baiting of Venkatesh Prasad in a 1996 World Cup quarter final in front of a hostile Bangalore crowd. He was an effective left arm spinner, more a one day bowler than a Test wicket taker. Aamir played a big part in Pakistan's World Cup triumph in 1992.


Sohail made his first class debut in 1983, a left handed opening batsman and occasional left arm spin bowler. In a playing career that spanned eighteen years, Sohail played in 195 first class and 261 List A Limited Overs matches, including 47 Test matches and 156 One Day Internationals for Pakistan.
Sohail's most infamous moment on the cricket field, however, was in the 1996 World Cup Quarter Final against arch rival India in Bangalore. Sohail was captaining the side in pursuit of a relatively large target of 287 in 49 overs. With opening partner Saeed Anwar, he got Pakistan off to a flying start. With the score at 109 for one, and Saeed Anwar (48) back in the pavilion, Sohail smashed a delivery from Indian seamer Venkatesh Prasad through the covers for four. Both players exchanged words, and Sohail unnecessarily pointed his finger aggressively at Prasad. The next delivery clean bowled him 
and triggered a batting collapse which ultimately lost the game and eliminated Pakistan from the competition. The loss had other causes, however, which included captain Wasim Akram withdrawing from the match for mysterious reasons on the morning of the quarterfinals. The five batsmen following Sohail, Inzamam, Ijaz, Saleem and Javed all played poorly. This match remains a controversial one, for Sohail blew the whistle about players involved in match fixing. Sohail was at the heart of the match fixing scandal that rocked cricket in the 1990s: as captain of the national team, his whistle blowing may have negatively affected his international career. After retiring from cricket in 2001, Sohail became chief selector for the national team, his tenure ending in January 2004 when he was replaced by former national team wicket keeper Wasim Bari. He continues to work as a cricket broadcaster. On 4 Feb 2014 he was again appointed as Chief Selector of the national team for the second time.
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