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Aamer Sohail
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Personal information
Batting style Left-handed batsman (LHB)
Bowling style Left arm off spin
Career statistics
Competition Tests ODIs
Matches 47 156
Runs scored 2823 4780
Batting average 35.28 31.86
100s/50s 5/13 5/31
Top score 205 134
Balls bowled 397.1 806
Wickets 25 85
Bowling average 41.96 43.56
5 wickets in innings 0 0
10 wickets in match 0 n/a
Best bowling 4/54 4/22
Catches/stumpings 36c 49c
Source: Cricinfo, 29 April 2005

Aamer Sohail (Urdu: عامر سہیل) (born Mohammad Aamer Sohail Ali on 14 September 1966 in Lahore, Punjab, Pakistan) is a former professional Pakistani cricketer and PCB Chief Selector. With Saeed Anwar, he formed one of the best opening combinations Pakistan has ever had.

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Career

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 Pakistani.

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Debut

An aggressive batsman, Sohail's first appeared for the national team in a 1990 one-day International against Sri Lanka and enjoyed a successful international career. He was an important member of the team that won the 1992 Cricket World Cup in Australia and New Zealand.

1996-98: Pakistan Captain

Sohail captained Pakistan in six Tests in 1998, becoming the first Pakistani captain to defeat South Africa in a Test Match.[1] He led Pakistan through 22 one-day internationals from 1996 to 1998, winning nine and averaging 41.5 with the bat.[2]

Career highlights and controversies

Sohail played a big role in Pakistan's World-Cup triumph in 1992, famously telling Ian Botham that he might want to send his mother-in-law in to bat after Botham was controversially given out for nought in the final. 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 50 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 Aamir Sohail blew the whistle about players involved in match-fixing.[3][4]

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.[5]

Broadcasting 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 wicketkeeper Wasim Bari. He continues to work as a cricket broadcaster.

References

  1. ^ Pakistan in South Africa, 1997/98, 2nd Test scorecard
  2. ^ ODI statistics for Aamer Sohail at CricketOnly
  3. ^ v Pakistan World Cup 1999 Quarter Final scorecard
  4. ^ Sohail starts, Prasad finishes: Cricinfo.com Retrieved 23 February 2007.
  5. ^ Aamer Sohail Cricinfo profile

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Preceded by
Rameez Raja
Pakistan Cricket Captain
1998-1999
Succeeded by
Wasim Akram

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