Aamer Sohail

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Aamer Sohail
عامر سہیل
Personal information
Full name Mohammad Aamer Sohail Ali
Born (1966-09-14) 14 September 1966 (age 51)
Lahore, Punjab, Pakistan
Batting Left-handed
Bowling Slow left-arm orthodox
Role Opening batsman
International information
National side
Test debut (cap 122) 4 June 1992 v England
Last Test 5 March 2000 v Sri Lanka
ODI debut (cap 80) 21 December 1990 v Sri Lanka
Last ODI 19 February 2000 v Sri Lanka
Domestic team information
Years Team
1983–1999 Lahore
1987–1992 Habib Bank Limited
1995–2001 Allied Bank Limited
1998–1999 Karachi
2000–2001 Lahore
2001 Somerset
Career statistics
Competition Test ODI FC LA
Matches 47 156 195 261
Runs scored 2823 4780 12213 7852
Batting average 35.28 31.86 38.89 31.91
100s/50s 5/13 5/31 29/50 9/50
Top score 205 134 205 134
Balls bowled 2383 4836 12063 7840
Wickets 25 85 157 179
Bowling average 41.96 43.56 38.10 33.34
5 wickets in innings 0 0 2 0
10 wickets in match 0 n/a 1 n/a
Best bowling 4/54 4/22 7/53 4/11
Catches/stumpings 36/– 49/– 153/– 92/–
Source: CricketArchive, 30 March 2010

Mohammad Aamer Sohail Ali (Urdu: محمد عامر سہیل علی‎; born on 14 September 1966) is a former Pakistani cricketer and a former PCB Chief Selector.[1][2] With Saeed Anwar, he formed one of the best opening combinations Pakistan has ever had.

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.

Domestic career

Sohail made his first-class debut in 1983, a left-handed opening batsman and occasional left-arm spin bowler.

International career

Early years

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.

Captaincy

Sohail captained Pakistan in six Tests in 1998, becoming the first Pakistani captain to defeat South Africa in a Test Match.[3] 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.[4]

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.[5] 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.[6][7]

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.[8]

Cricket administration

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. [9]

Politics

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.[10]

International centuries

  • In the column Runs, * indicates being not out
  • The column title Match refers to the Match Number of the player's career

Test centuries

Test centuries of Aamer Sohail
No Runs Match Against City/Country Venue Start date Result
[1] 205 3  England England Manchester, England Old Trafford 2 July 1992 Drawn
[2] 105 19  Australia Pakistan Lahore, Pakistan Gaddafi Stadium 1 November 1994 Drawn
[3] 160 37  West Indies Pakistan Rawalpindi, Pakistan Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium 29 November 1997 Won
[4] 160 38  West Indies Pakistan Karachi, Pakistan National Stadium 6 December 1997 Won
[5] 133 44  Australia Pakistan Karachi, Pakistan National Stadium 22 October 1998 Drawn

ODI centuries

One Day International centuries of Aamer Sohail
No Runs Match Against City/Country Venue Date Result
[1] 114 7  Zimbabwe Hobart, Australia Bellerive Oval 27 February 1992 Won
[2] 134 48  New Zealand Sharjah, UAE Sharjah Cricket Stadium 20 April 1994 Won
[3] 100 63  Sri Lanka Durban, South Africa Kingsmead 2 December 1994 Won
[4] 111 88  South Africa Karachi, Pakistan National Stadium 29 February 1996 Lost
[5] 105 96  India Sharjah, UAE Sharjah Cricket Stadium 12 April 1996 Won

International awards

One-Day International Cricket

Man of the Match awards

S No Opponent Venue Date Match Performance Result
1 India Sharjah Cricket Stadium, Sharjah 23 October 1991 91 (133 balls, 4x4, 1x6); 6-0-34-0  Pakistan won by 4 runs.[11]
2 Zimbabwe Bellerive Oval, Hobart 27 February 1992 114 (136 balls, 12x4); 6-1-26-2  Pakistan won by 53 runs.[12]
3 Australia WACA Ground, Perth 11 March 1992 76 (106 balls, 8x4); DNB  Pakistan won by 48 runs.[13]
4 West Indies New Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg 27 February 1993 57 (95 balls, 3x4); 10-0-32-2  West Indies won by 5 wickets.[14]
5 India Sharjah Cricket Stadium, Sharjah 22 April 1994 69 (87 balls, 6x4); 5-0-22-2  Pakistan won by 39 runs.[15]
6 Sri Lanka SuperSport Park, Centurion 4 December 1994 67 (94 balls, 6x4, 1x6); 10-0-46-3, 2 Ct.  Pakistan won by 12 runs.[16]
7 Sri Lanka Sharjah Cricket Stadium, Sharjah 12 October 1995 85 (110 balls, 4x4); 8-0-22-4  Pakistan won by 82 runs.[17]
8 England National Stadium, Karachi 3 March 1996 10-0-48-2 ; 42 (56 balls, 6x4)  Pakistan won by 7 wickets.[18]
9 India Padang Cricket Ground, Singapore 5 April 1996 9-0-46-1 ; 76* (89 balls, 7x4)  Pakistan won by 8 wickets.[19]
10 India Sharjah Cricket Stadium, Sharjah 12 April 1996 105 (127 balls, 8x4); 6-0-28-0  Pakistan won by 38 runs.[20]
11 Zimbabwe Harare Sports Club, Harare 28 March 1998 8-0-34-1 ; 77 (104 balls, 8x4, 1x6)  Pakistan won by 4 wickets.[21]
12 India Cricket, Skating & Curling Club, Toronto 20 September 1998 10-0-59-2 ; 97* (125 balls, 7x4, 3x6)  Pakistan won by 5 wickets.[22]
13 Zimbabwe Jinnah Stadium, Gujranwala 20 November 1998 10-0-37-1 ; 91 (105 balls, 9x4, 1x6)  Pakistan won by 4 wickets.[23]

References

  1. ^ http://www.thenewstribe.com/2014/02/03/amir-sohail-becomes-pcbs-chief-selector/
  2. ^ http://sports.ndtv.com/cricket/news/220453-pakistan-appoint-aamir-sohail-as-national-chief-selector
  3. ^ Pakistan in South Africa, 1997/98, 2nd Test scorecard
  4. ^ ODI statistics for Aamer Sohail at CricketOnly
  5. ^ http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/match/65187.html
  6. ^ v Pakistan World Cup 1999 Quarter Final scorecard
  7. ^ Sohail starts, Prasad finishes: ESPNcricinfo.com Retrieved 23 February 2007.
  8. ^ Aamer Sohail ESPNcricinfo profile
  9. ^ http://www.thenews.com.pk/article-136658-Aamir-Sohail-appointed-as-chief-selector
  10. ^ "Aamir Sohail joins PML-N". The Express Tribune. August 18, 2011. 
  11. ^ "1991-1992 Wills Trophy - 6th Match - India v Pakistan - Sharjah". 
  12. ^ "1991-1992 Benson & Hedges World Cup - 7th Match - Pakistan v Zimbabwe - Hobart". 
  13. ^ "1991-1992 Benson & Hedges World Cup - 26th Match - Australia v Pakistan - Perth". 
  14. ^ "1992-1993 Total International Series - Final - Pakistan v West Indies - Johannesburg". 
  15. ^ "1993-1994 Pepsi Austral-Asia Cup - Final - India v Pakistan - Sharjah". 
  16. ^ "1994-1995 Mandela Trophy - 2nd Match - Pakistan v Sri Lanka - Centurion". 
  17. ^ "1995-1996 Singer Champions Trophy - 2nd Match - Pakistan v Sri Lanka - Sharjah". 
  18. ^ "1995-1996 Wills World Cup - 26th Match - Pakistan v England - Karachi". 
  19. ^ "1995-1996 Singer Cup - 4th Match - India v Pakistan - Singapore". 
  20. ^ "1995-1996 Pepsi Sharjah Cup - 1st Match - India v Pakistan - Sharjah". 
  21. ^ "1997-1998 Zimbabwe v Pakistan - 1st Match - Harare". 
  22. ^ "1998-1999 India v Pakistan - 5th Match - Toronto". 
  23. ^ "1998-1999 Pakistan v Zimbabwe - 1st Match - Gujwranwala". 

External links

  • Pakistan Cricket Board: Aamer Sohail
  • ESPNcricinfo Pakistan: Aamer Sohail
  • HowSTAT! statistical profile on Aamer Sohail
  • Aamer Sohail (Archived 2009-10-24)
Preceded by
Rameez Raja
Pakistan Cricket Captain
1998–1999
Succeeded by
Wasim Akram
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