Ganguly blasts Aamir Sohail for Sarfraz criticism

Published: June 16, 2017
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Former India captain Sourav Ganguly criticised former Pakistan opener Aamir Sohail for criticising captain Sarfraz Ahmed even though the Men in Green qualified for the final of the ICC Champions Trophy for the first time ever.

Sohail’s comments came after Sarfraz’s men thrashed pre-tournament favourites England in their own backyard on Wednesday, where he claimed that the wicketkeeper-batsman should not be too proud of his achievements, stating that they are down to some sort of pre-planned setting.

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While talking to India Today, Sourav calls Aamir’s comments ‘ridiculous’.  “Yea you must be stupid, ridiculous,” said Ganguly. “Somebody who played for the country and captained should be appreciating the way they [Pakistan team] come to the final.”

Ganguly also feels the players need to be lauded for overcoming the odds. “What system these boys are getting back home? Nothing. There is no support and no structure,” he said. “They don’t have any international cricket back home, and yet they’ve beaten South Africa, Sri Lanka and England to get to the Champions Trophy final. I find it absolutely ridiculous. It shows poor culture and poor taste, and he should not be doing all this.”

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Indian off-spinner Harbhajan Singh also supported Ganguly’s statement and said such statements will only serve to reduce Sohail’s respect.

“If you don’t respect your own team, you will lose respect,” said Harbhajan. “I am sure these guys are jealous because they thought Pakistan will not reach this far.”

The former India off-spinner also praised Sarfraz and his men. “They’ve worked really hard to reach this far and I feel so bad when ex-players and captains talks bad about players even after they achieve something great,” he said.

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  • manzoor
    Jun 16, 2017 - 6:36PM

    Remember Amir Sohail also criticized the final of PCL that was played in Lahore following Imran Khan. Now the latest tirade against a winning Pakistan side. Even the arch enemy India is lauding the efforts of Pakistan cricket. I may suggest to deprive Amir his Pakistani citizenship and throw him into indian ocean.Recommend

  • israr
    Jun 16, 2017 - 6:42PM

    agreed with both ganguly and harbajan, aamir sohail has been a volatile person throughout his life and now he is being grumpy hahaha I am not getting this so I will say that I wont get that so I will say this too, chill man u said nice things about Pakistan the other day to the Indians when u said play with Pakistan or do not play at all… if Pakistan WINS on Sunday the 18th of June imagine what will happen back in India ? I think the indian team will be butchered / they will never go back home the ppl will destroy them.
    India in recent years have lost the 2014 t20 WC final, lost in the 2015 wc semi final and did not qualify for t20 wc 2016 final , they have managed to do one thing though they have beaten Pakistan… what if Pakistan wins on Sunday then india has no where to hide another loss infact a double loss the trophy itself plus to Pakistan ooo my GOD, for Pakistan we know we can lose to india and lose the champion’s trophy does not matter to us at all but win against india has all to play for… so nothing to lose and play to win
    we will be appreciated and ppl will absolutely loooov their heros when they come back as they know how difficult it is for them to win in England … lost 4-1 last year to home side but now just one win and they are LEGENDSRecommend

  • JD
    Jun 16, 2017 - 9:04PM

    Amir sohail is jealous of sarfraz’s achievement.Recommend

  • Sandeep
    Jun 16, 2017 - 11:32PM

    @manzoor: Can you get over this arch-enemy thingy pls? Die-hard competitors is and sounds much better. May the better team win!Recommend

  • NK
    Jun 17, 2017 - 1:01AM

    Aamir Sohail… Shameful comments… Unbelievable… He has lost it!!!

    Yes u need to be thrown in jail for such slander!Recommend

  • whatever
    Jun 17, 2017 - 6:08AM

    @israr:
    Do whatever you want to do but Just donot break your TV.Recommend

  • hari
    Jun 17, 2017 - 6:51AM

    Better team will win.Recommend

  • Ahmed
    Jun 17, 2017 - 9:05AM

    Some propaganda is there behind amir’s such comment.Recommend

  • Avi
    Jun 17, 2017 - 10:00AM

    @israr: think the indian team will be butchered / they will never go back home the ppl will destroy them.

    No dear… I mean I would love and pray to see India winning this match but this is not that Pakistani side against which you would not like to loose… Sarfaraz n team have done miracle against all odds…Recommend

  • Ahmad
    Jun 17, 2017 - 12:14PM

    @Sandeep:
    I’d say “my neighbor” rather than “arch rival” .

    Greetings! Recommend

  • Ghulam Mustafa Aziz
    Jun 17, 2017 - 1:04PM

    The team has done well, so the captain gets the praise too. Anyway Sarfaraz did score very well against Sri Lanka when we really needed his innings.

    Sohail was unkind and did not really know what he was talking about. Anyway he was a great player and has played some good innings for Pakistan.Recommend

  • Mahmood Khan
    Jun 17, 2017 - 3:11PM

    What Aamir Sohail said is totally deplorable and he seemed to have said that out of jealousy. What Ganguly and Harbhajan said is sheer sports man spirit, which must be lauded. Shame on Amir, hats off to Ganguly and Harbhajan. Well done Sarfraz and Co, for staging a marvelous and unbelievable come back. We expect same performance from Pakistan in final against Indians, who have undoubtedly been flawless so far in this tournament. But ultimately, one of the teams has to lose. Whosoever wins or lose, Cricket will be the winner. Recommend

  • sandeep
    Jun 17, 2017 - 4:39PM

    @Mahmood Khan:
    True, I appriciate pakistani team efforts.Whosoever wins doesn’t matter but india and pakistan in the final that is the main thing. It is good for cricket, good for pakistani cricket and good for india pakistan relations. Recommend

  • Bharat
    Jun 18, 2017 - 5:46AM

    Cricket faces fixing allegations. Probably Sohail believes or has strong evidence that matches are fixed. A lot of people have stopped watching cricket matches as fixing is very common. Recommend

  • GS Moroojo
    Jun 18, 2017 - 10:25AM

    Being a hood citizen and having a positive civic sense, we are not allowed to go on the extreme level of criticism. Aamir had played few best innings for the Pakistan. He is still into our mind and cordially miss the opening of pakistan team. Sincr his retirement, we could not get good opening for pakistan team. After all he is a human. And we (human) sometimes do mistaken unintentonally.
    We havr also one bad habbit, we forget all positives and do remember one negative.
    Remrmber the world cup match against India, whem Aamir closed all mouths of indian and played well for pak.
    So, he was and is our hero.
    And please think twice before commenting especially agAINST our heroes.Recommend

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