Aamer Sohail (Cricketer)

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Mohammad Aamer Sohail Ali is a former Pakistani cricketer and a former PCB Chief Selector. With Saeed Anwar, he formed one of the best opening combinations Pakistan has ever had.A combative left-hand opener, Aamer 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.
  • Personal
  • Name:

    Aamer Sohail

  • Nationality:


  • Residence:

    Lahore, Punjab, Pakistan

  • Religion:


  • Profession:


  • Born
  • Date:

    14 September 1966

  • Place:

    Lahore, Punjab, Pakistan

  • Family
  • Spouse:

    Alya Sohail

  • Career
  • National Side:


  • Team Role:

    Opening batsman

  • Bowling Style:

    Slow left-arm orthodox

  • Batting Style:


  • Matches:

    47 in Tests & 156 in ODIs

  • Wickets :

    25 in Tests & 85 in ODIs

  • Bowling Average:

    41.96 in Tests & 43.56 in ODIs

  • Batting Average:

    35.28 in Tests & 31.86 in ODIs

  • 5 wickets in Innings :

    0 in Tests & 0 in ODIs

  • 10 wickets in Match:

    0 in Tests & n/a in ODIs

  • Best Bowling:

    4/54 in Tests & 4/22 in ODIs

  • Catches/Stumpings:

    36/ in Tests & 49/– in ODIs

  • Balls Bowled:

    2383 in Tests & 4836 in ODIs

  • Runs Scored:

    2823 in Tests & 4780 in ODIs

  • Test Debut:

    4 June 1992 v England

  • Test Last:

    5 March 2000 v Sri Lanka

  • ODI Debut:

    21 December 1990 v Sri Lanka

  • ODI Last:

    19 February 2000 v Sri Lanka

  • 100s / 50s:

    5/13 in Tests & 5/31 in ODIs

  • Top Score:

    205 in Tests & 134 in ODIs

  • Domestic team:

    Allied Bank, Habib Bank Limited, Karachi, Lahore, Rawalpindi, Sargodha, Somerset


Early Career

Aamer Sohail in Cricket Academy
Aamer Sohail in Cricket Academy
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, and famously told Ian Botham that he might want to send his mother-in-law in to bat after Botham was controversially given out for 0 in the final. He captained Pakistan at the height of the match-fixing controversy, and was one of the whistle-blowers. His career suffered as a result, and he left the international scene early to work in broadcasting, where he might have tried harder to suppress his personal prejudices. 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 .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.

Pakistan Captain1996-98

Sohail captained Pakistan between 1996 and 98, and became the first captain to lead Pakistan to a Test win over South Africa. However, it was the period when match-fixing rocked Pakistan cricket, and Sohail the whistle-blower paid the price. His career was spoilt, and he played his last international match in 2000. After retiring, Sohail became a selector till 2004, and later joined Broadcasting. He was once again appointed chief selector in February 2014, but was soon removed from the position and was replaced by Moin Khan. Sohail captained Pakistan in six Tests in 1998, becoming the first Pakistani captain to defeat South Africa in a Test Match.[1] Pakistan-South Africa- Test scorecard He led Pakistan through 22 One Day Internationals from 1996 to 1998, winning nine and averaging 41.5 with the bat. He also acted as acting captain of Pakistan against West Indies in Sharjah.


Aamer Sohail in Politics
Aamer Sohail in Politics

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, referring to Botham's statement that he wouldn't send even his mother-in-law to Pakistan, 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 49 overs.[2] India v Pakistan- cricinfo 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.[3] Pakistan World Cup- scorecard


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.[4] Aamer Sohail - cricinfo profile 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. On 4-Feb-2014 he was again appointed as Chief Selector of the national team for the second time.


On 18 August 2011, Sohail announced that he had joined Nawaz Sharif's political party, the Pakistan Muslim League (N). According to Sohail, the country needs seasoned and experienced leadership which he believes the PML-N offers.[5] Aamir- PML-N-t ribune

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