Aamir clarifies ‘facilitators’ comment

Published: June 17, 2017
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A file photo of Aamer Sohail. PHOTO: AFP

A file photo of Aamer Sohail. PHOTO: AFP

Former Pakistan opener Aamir Sohail came under fire for his recent comments against captain Sarfraz Ahmed, where he was seen downplaying his role in the team’s miraculous entry into the Champions Trophy final. However, he clarified his statement on Friday.

Sohail criticised Sarfraz in a post-match analysis where he said that the 30-year-old has “nothing to be smug about; he just became captain”.

Former chief selector said his anger was due to Sarfraz’s refusal to dedicate the victory against Sri Lanka to batting legend Javed Miandad, who was celebrating his birthday on that day, because he criticised the team too much.

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“If you do something wrong, we will point it out to you; if you do something right, we will tell you that too; and if you do something wrong in an attempt to do something right, we will point that out to you as well,” Aamer further said, apparently in defence of Miandad’s criticism.

He continued by saying Sarfraz was facilitated in his victory. “[We won because of] prayers and God; and I cannot name the facilitators of those prayers. You [Sarfaraz] have done nothing special, this match was won for you, we all know how things work.”

However, after receiving much disapproval on his statement, Aamer talked to Samaa TV to present a clarification.

“My comments were made after I heard reports of Sarfaraz’s refusal to dedicate his performance against Sri Lanka to Miandad and him saying that Miandad criticises the team too much,” he said. “The other thing I said was that the facilitators of the win cannot be named; however I said nothing about match-fixing or any other foul play — my statement was misunderstood.”

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Reader Comments (3)

  • Hyder Husain
    Jun 18, 2017 - 3:02AM

    I don’t give any importance to what Aamir Sohail says because only a fool would pay attention to his comments. Every one knows he failed as a commentator and is no more given that assignment.Recommend

  • syed ahmed
    Jun 18, 2017 - 10:15AM

    The grapes are very sour Amir.Recommend

  • NK
    Jun 19, 2017 - 10:54AM

    Aamir Sohail you have lost all respect in the eyes of the Nation..

    You bygone cricketers have not matured with age…. List includes Sarfaraz Nawaz, Javed Miandad, Aamir Sohail, Basit Ali, Rashid Latif etc and I throw Shahid Afridi in the same pot!!!

    Your personal undying egos should not hurt the Nation which produced you in the first place.

    And let me reassure you, the current Victory is one of the greatest triumphs of Pak Cricket…. Just digest it humbly!!Recommend

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