Haris Sohail ‘freaked out’ by supernatural experience

Published: January 27, 2015
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Batsman Haris Sohail plays a shot during the first Day-Night International cricket match between Pakistan and New Zealand at Dubai International Stadium in Dubai on December 8, 2014. PHOTO:AFP

Batsman Haris Sohail plays a shot during the first Day-Night International cricket match between Pakistan and New Zealand at Dubai International Stadium in Dubai on December 8, 2014. PHOTO:AFP

NEW ZEALAND: Batsman Haris Sohail was the latest cricketer, following  Australian all-rounder Shane Watson, to insist he felt the presence of a ghost while staying at a hotel on tour, Fox Sports reported on Tuesday.

Watson famously admitted to being frightened during a stay at Lumley Castle in England on the 2005 Ashes tour, and now it appears he isn’t the only cricketer to have such an otherworldly experience.

Sohail was reportedly left traumatised after being woken in the middle of the night by what he insisted was a ghost pushing him, according to New Zealand Media and Entertainment.

The cricketer, then allegedly phoned team management who arrived on the scene a short while later to find the 26-year-old with a high fever.

The officials managed to find the shaken-up batsman in another room at the Rydges Latimer Hotel in Christchurch.

A somewhat incredulous spokesperson for the hotel was forced to insist there was “no active ghost” at the establishment.

“It’s hard to believe,” the spokesperson told the NZ Herald.

“The Pakistan management told me it was only a nightmare” he added.

He further said, the people on the team wanted Sohail to move room.

A source close to the team said the cricketer had been unable to train with his teammates because he’s “traumatised” and “pretty freaked out”.

Just last year England paceman Stuart Broad admitted he asked to change rooms while staying at the Langham Hotel in London, an infamous ghost hot spot that reportedly has as many as seven supernatural beings staying on the premises, including a German doctor who murdered his wife while on honeymoon before committing suicide.

“During the Sri Lanka Test I had to move rooms,” Broad told the Daily Mail last year.

“It was so hot in the room I just couldn’t sleep, and all of a sudden the taps in the bathroom came on for no reason,” he also said.” I turned the lights on and the taps turned themselves off.”

He added, he ended up asking to move rooms.

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Reader Comments (10)

  • samir
    Jan 27, 2015 - 10:52AM

    There is something called Sleep Paralysis. I hope somebody google’s that for him :)

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  • Khan
    Jan 27, 2015 - 10:57AM

    The management must offer a central contract to the ghost, and call him/her for the national side. We really need them to win a World cup this time.

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  • Salman
    Jan 27, 2015 - 11:10AM

    Looks like here also BCCI has engaged a baba to scare Pakistanis before the world cup.

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  • Janjoo
    Jan 27, 2015 - 11:18AM

    It must be an Indian.

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  • Burki
    Jan 27, 2015 - 12:33PM

    so these are the “Titans” entrusted with bringing us the world cup glory.

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  • Libra
    Jan 27, 2015 - 1:19PM

    @Khan:
    take lesson from India….hire an umpire.

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  • Khan
    Jan 27, 2015 - 1:47PM

    @Libra:
    Not just umpire the whole ICC mate, well obviously BCCI generated more revenue for ICC so they can’t neglect them. our bowlers ajmal and hafeez playing from years and suddenly get banned before WC, it does not make sense to me or anyone. But unfortunately people like Najam Sethi sitting in our offices why should we blame others. Definitely they will do their best to bring us down but what our people are doing, thats the question mate.!

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  • Iftikhar
    Jan 27, 2015 - 2:03PM

    PCB should immediately sign a central contract with the ghost so that he converts all hits of Sohail into boundaries.

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  • Asad
    Jan 27, 2015 - 6:59PM

    we need a Judicial Comission to probe into this

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  • @samir
    Jan 27, 2015 - 11:40PM

    so you are calling it “Sleep Paralysis” these days?

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