Imran Khan damaged Pakistan cricket: Aamir Sohail

Published: June 16, 2013
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Former Pakistani cricketer and team captain Imran Khan. PHOTO: AFP

Former Pakistani cricketer and team captain Imran Khan. PHOTO: AFP

A day after Pakistan suffered a loss against India, former Pakistani cricketer Aamir Sohail claimed that World Cup-winning former captain, Imran Khan is responsible for the current abysmal state of the sport in the country, Times of India reported.

“I want to say clearly here and for once we must face the truth that Imran is responsible for the state of affairs in our cricket,” Sohail said.

Sohail was addressing Pakistan’s latest defeat to India in a Champions Trophy match on a news channel, with fellow guests Zaheer Abbas and Younus Khan.

“Imran damaged Pakistan cricket by encouraging our bowlers to tamper with the ball. This has led to a culture where we can’t produce good new ball bowlers or quality openers,” Sohail added.

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  • Anon
    Jun 16, 2013 - 8:16PM

    I cant find the show where he said this… I have to see how these words manage to make their way out of his mouth!

    Does he them get up an shout “sher aaya, sher aaya”?

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  • Ek Tha Kashmiri
    Jun 16, 2013 - 8:17PM

    Pakistan lost because of batting failure not bowling Mr Sohail.Why you bring imran khan here?looks fishy!!

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  • Mani
    Jun 16, 2013 - 8:17PM

    As we all know, aamir sohail is a pml n chamcha

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  • confused
    Jun 16, 2013 - 8:21PM

    Am I the only one confused or did the statement actually make no sense whatsoever?

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  • Sana
    Jun 16, 2013 - 8:21PM

    Right… Is he also responsible for the spot-fixing controversy that led to the demise of two promising bowling careers? Is he also responsible for not giving Razzaq a fair chance? Is he responsible for Umar Akmal’s mindless hitting?

    One should criticize, but with some logic, some coherent argument.

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  • Water Bottle
    Jun 16, 2013 - 8:24PM

    “Imran damaged Pakistan cricket by encouraging our bowlers to tamper with the ball. This has led to a culture where we can’t produce good new ball bowlers or quality openers,” Sohail added.

    Nice.

    So much for the change. How he would end corruption in 90 days, if he encouraged corruption in cricket.

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  • Raza
    Jun 16, 2013 - 8:28PM

    Imran Khan single handheldly was responsible for the emergence of Wasim Akram, Waqar Younis and Inzamam Ul Haq. He gave us not only two of the greatest bowlers in the history of the game but also uncovered one of the most naturally gifted batsmen. To say that he “damaged” cricket is the HEIGHT of ignorance and ungratefulness towards a man who partially invented cricket in our country. Amir bhai I am disappointed.

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  • zahid
    Jun 16, 2013 - 8:28PM

    aamir suhail z talking just non sense,,,,

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  • salman k
    Jun 16, 2013 - 8:28PM

    is amir sohail on drugs ???

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  • Taimoor
    Jun 16, 2013 - 8:29PM

    Someone tell Aamer Sohail that our poblem was with the batting not the bowling FACEPALM

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  • eyeing propaganda
    Jun 16, 2013 - 8:30PM

    Oh really … Ur masters (PMLN) must be very pleased with ur statement though. Happy Lobbying for chairman PCB seat and Good luck !

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  • shumayel
    Jun 16, 2013 - 8:31PM

    @confused:

    Well, Aamir Sohail joined PML-N just a while back, just so you know =)

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  • M
    Jun 16, 2013 - 8:33PM

    How is tampering even remotely related to the current state of our cricket team? Seems like Aamir Sohail just wanted to grab some headlines. And ET, this statement is not even news-worthy!

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  • Water Bottle
    Jun 16, 2013 - 8:34PM

    @confused:

    You are the only one, because you blindly admire Imran Khan. To anyone who is not blinded by Imran’s charm, this is very clear.

    Let me spell it out. Basically Imran Khan cultivated a culture of corruption among bowlers, leading to incompetent bowlers gaining mileage.

    Now that ball tampering is being taken very seriously and with thousands of cameras watching players all the time, the bowlers are unable to cheat and hence take wickets.

    This begs the most important question : Was Imran Khan tampering the ball all the time when he was bowling? The answer is anybody’s guess.

    This also disproves the point that Pakistan produces world class bowlers. Looks like Pakistan has only been producing cheaters.

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  • fawad
    Jun 16, 2013 - 8:36PM

    Right because the decline of Pakistani cricket team has got nothing to do with the current selection system and the culture of locker room politics introduced by Wasim Akram

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  • Ahmad Hashmi
    Jun 16, 2013 - 8:44PM

    AS has lost his credibility as an analyst and a former cricketer. He should have worked on his bating when he was playing rather than finding now some of the most lame and illogical reasons for the failure of Pakistani team.

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  • abid
    Jun 16, 2013 - 8:48PM

    this is not constituency match ..this is no election..the whole world knows Pakistan’s main problem is not batting…after legends like hanif muhammad, zaheer abbbas, saeed anwar and inzamam their is no single quality batsman in Pakistan. Only idiot would say our problem is bowling.

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  • Jun 16, 2013 - 8:49PM

    Mr Imran was a politician cricket player , there were groupings in the team .He always used to have some medical problem or the other , back ache , shoulder problem till he was made captain of the cricket team . Then all his problems disappeared . He himself has admitted that he used to gamble in the cricket and so does the famous SWING KA SULTAN wasim akram he is well know sattay baz ,

    I agree with amir sohail bold statement in this context and fully endorse it .well done amir .
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  • tanvir
    Jun 16, 2013 - 8:49PM

    Since when the opinion of Aamir Sohail started mattering anyway?

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  • Ahsan
    Jun 16, 2013 - 8:51PM

    I bet Nawaz sharif will be a better person from pml-n to give opinion on cricket than aamir Sohail. He surely needs some attention.

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  • Nasir
    Jun 16, 2013 - 8:54PM

    There is a famous Saying “If you fail, blame someone”

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  • Hamza
    Jun 16, 2013 - 8:55PM

    And you made sure that you get bowled out when you pointed your little finger towards the boundary in India

    go and enjoy pml-n leave alone one of the worlds greatest all-rounder/captain of all time

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  • Hamza
    Jun 16, 2013 - 8:56PM

    and by the way , our bowling is the thing which still makes us a cricket team

    the batting line up sucks , because you used to do stupid things

    your own argument against you

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  • sensible
    Jun 16, 2013 - 8:57PM

    well he has joined PMLN long time ago. No wonder why he’s spraying venom against one of greatest all rounder and captain.

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  • Another North Indian
    Jun 16, 2013 - 8:57PM

    Imran Khan’s political acolytes should be able to keep national goals above hero worship. This charge against Imran Khan is nothing new. Imran Khan’s most damaging legacy was that corruption and unethical behavior became ‘acceptable’. This had disastrous long-term consequences for Pakistani cricket. More than anything else, this is what has pulled Pakistani cricket down.

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  • ashar
    Jun 16, 2013 - 8:58PM

    Looks like a jealous move.

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  • non political
    Jun 16, 2013 - 8:59PM

    Come on aamir…imran told u in 1996 to hit 4 in and than bold out on next ball against india… He is legend and u lols..shastri said right about u

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  • MAD
    Jun 16, 2013 - 8:59PM

    Aamir Sohail has lost it it seems. BTW he played all of two tournaments under Imran. How is he such an expert on IK.

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  • Saim Baig
    Jun 16, 2013 - 9:01PM

    Wow!! He is such an administrator!! Has been gone from the National cricket scene for 21 years, sill has an impact. Shame on you Mr. Sohail

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  • wafaq
    Jun 16, 2013 - 9:03PM

    Pathetic, Simply pathetic, non-sense. The reason behind our defeat is batting. Pakistani Bowling is No. 2 in this CT. Amir Sohail is gone mad. This man should think before talking non-serious things on TV shows. Amir Sohail was hidden under the shadow of Saeed Anwar during his career.

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  • IHA
    Jun 16, 2013 - 9:10PM

    @WaterBottle

    “Basically Imran Khan cultivated a culture of corruption among bowlers, leading to incompetent bowlers gaining mileage”

    So are you saying that Wasim Akram, Waqar Younus, Aqib Javed and Mushtaq Ahmed were incompetent third rate bowlers mentored by Imran Khan who could only bowl with lifted seams and roughed up cricket balls?

    P.S: I voted PMLN.

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  • Syed Zainul Islam
    Jun 16, 2013 - 9:10PM

    Go home you are DRUNK….

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  • Rule of Law
    Jun 16, 2013 - 9:13PM

    In one of his TV interviews, Imran Khan had claimed that “spot fixing” is legally allowed and most ballers,including him, have been involved in spot fixing.

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  • rizi
    Jun 16, 2013 - 9:14PM

    the lamest of lame logic …!!!

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  • Shabir
    Jun 16, 2013 - 9:15PM

    Sher aa he gia…

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  • Imranbashir
    Jun 16, 2013 - 9:15PM

    Is he holding any portfolio in the cricket board. .? He is beating about the bush. He better consult a pshyciatrist.

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  • Rashid
    Jun 16, 2013 - 9:17PM

    “…by encouraging our bowlers to tamper with the ball. This has led to a culture where we can’t produce good new ball bowlers or quality opener.”
    Lets just say, for argument’s sake, that he did encourage the bowlers to tamper with the ball. How has this led to a culture where new bowlers are not produced, when new bowlers are ACTUALLY produced, and Pakistan is famous for producing good fast bowlers (Amir, Asif, Junaid, Irfan, Gul) even now. Plus, I am not able to understand the relationship between quality openers and ball tampering; we are assuming that he encouraged tampering, not plate-fitted bats! Seriously speaking, if someone can explain this, I shall be grateful. That aside, I still like to listen to Amir Sohail and really enjoy listening to his analysis

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  • Salman Shakeel
    Jun 16, 2013 - 9:17PM

    Aamir Bhai , you were my favourite player while you were serving Pakistan Cricket Team.

    However, this statement of yours is absurd. It may get you favours in the eyes of PML N and perhaps , you may win a PCB chairman role .However, stupid statements like this are undesirable and shows your desire of political mileage!

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  • Em
    Jun 16, 2013 - 9:24PM

    And we care what you have to say why?

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  • Waqar Hasan
    Jun 16, 2013 - 9:29PM

    Aamir should be ashamed of levelling such baseless allegations against a man who drastically transformed our cricketing paradigm.He’s ignorant of the fact that IK made our batsmen practise with wet tennis balls on cement tracks to prepare them for bouncy,pacy pitches.Can he name one Pakistani captain who employed such innovative tricks to help our batsmen who were only acquainted to the lifeless tracks of Pakistan?He probably has a very crude idea about ‘Ball tampering’.Pakistani bowlers mastered the art of reverse swing in the 1980’s and the same phenomenon helped England win the ashes in 2005.Imran retired from the game after leaving behind a world class team.Its despicable that he’s spreading such negativity about someone who is now considered by the cricketing fraternity as one of the greatest captains to have played the game of cricket.Its understandable for aamir to villify Imran after joining PMLN but using politics to dispute his contributions for the sport is ludicrous to say the least.Imran introduced the concept of ‘Neutral Umpires’,brought people like saeed anwar,inzimam,mushtaq ahmed,waqar younis etc into the team.Thats his contribution.What’s aamir’s contribution other than throwing his wicket away in the 1996 WC QF against India after having a brain explosion.he appears to have a good grip on the cricketing issues but castigating IK for our cricketing failures is absolute rubbish.He owes an apology to the millions of fans in and outside Pakistan.

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  • Shadz
    Jun 16, 2013 - 9:29PM

    Aamir you have proven time and time again that ur not a smart person.

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  • Falcon
    Jun 16, 2013 - 9:31PM

    Blaming current performance on things that might / might not have happened more than 20 years ago shows the height of incompetence of AS.

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  • Yasir
    Jun 16, 2013 - 9:32PM

    Amir just tried to spit at the moon! His reason to accuse Imran is illogical and nonsense.

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  • Z
    Jun 16, 2013 - 9:33PM

    @Rule of Law: Absolutely wrong. Please do some research before accusing someone. IK NEVER said spot fixing is legal.

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  • John the Baptist
    Jun 16, 2013 - 9:33PM

    Another mindless rant from a Naan Leaguer and ET was only too happy to print the gibberish. Birds of a feather, always flock together!

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  • Falcon
    Jun 16, 2013 - 9:34PM

    @Water Bottle:
    Its not as if you were an IK fan before this statement from AS came along. By the way, have you ever been able to see anything good in IK?

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  • roomi
    Jun 16, 2013 - 9:34PM

    This reminds me of the that joke/ fable in which a snake exhibition has snakes from all over the world. Only one of the jars is open and rest are all tightly closed since all the snakes are poisonous. when asked about the open jar the exhibitor said it has Pakistani snakes-when one tries to leave the jar -the rest pull him down.

    Its shameful that Aamir Sohail for whatever reason is causing doubt on one of the greatest eras and greatest captains in cricket Test history. Ball Tampering had been going on for ages in all forms of cricket everywhere. Modern day cricket has more checks and balances. In those days there were no Neutral umpires either. Imran was the first captain to champion the cause, Pak cricket is in doldrums because of bad talent management by PCB and administrations. we have wasted talent by sidelining great batsmen in their prime like Saeed Anwer then Yousaf and even Yunis (for two years). Then inducting talented yooungsters like Hasan Raza at 14 years of age and then not grooming them. The list of players wasted by the system is endless. Batting suffered for a number of reasons and one of them is continuity. A youngster like Fawad Alam sores a 150 plus against Sri Lanka and then a couplle of matches later is dropped. Its PCB and its politics that has destroyed careers and and created a vacum for batsman to flourish.

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  • SK
    Jun 16, 2013 - 9:37PM

    Actually now the failed cricket established has stoop to blaming others for their own dismal failure in giving a competitive cricket team to this nation. Nepotism and unmerited selections has been endemic in PCB. Aamir Sohail had forgotten that he too failed to leave any legacy behind for others to follow. Atleast Imran Khan is credited for the only World Cup Pakistan won. Ball tempering existed in the game well before Imran. It only came to limelight with the advent of technology. So please Mr Sohail accept your failures in giving a balance team to this nation and exit gracefully.

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  • sick of this nonsense
    Jun 16, 2013 - 9:37PM

    @Another North Indian:
    i know it hurts India has never produced great bowlers like Imran Khan, Wasim Akram, Waqar Younus and Shoaib Akhtar. I can understand the hatred. Its all good.

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  • Pacer
    Jun 16, 2013 - 9:39PM

    Is he suggesting Wasim, Waqar, Shoaib, Umar Gul etc do ball tampering? And last time I checked Pakistan had a read good bowling line up

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  • rizwan
    Jun 16, 2013 - 9:40PM

    no doubt Imran khan is a legend but there is no harm in accepting some realities.

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  • Abdus Samad
    Jun 16, 2013 - 9:42PM

    Mr. Sohail clearly eyeing that PCB seat. More loyal to the king than the king himself. This culture has actually brought the country and its institutions in this position

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  • Pacer
    Jun 16, 2013 - 9:43PM

    @Rule of Law: Seems like you are drunk as well, just like ur buddy Aamir Sohail

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  • Anon
    Jun 16, 2013 - 9:44PM

    @khalid: The period of injury IK has was during his captaincy, when he got a stress fracture that kept him out of the game during the peak of his bowling career. He also had a shoulder injury during the 1992 World Cup, when he was also captain.

    Do you bother to read things, or do you just hear something at the barbershop and then present it as fact?

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  • rwp
    Jun 16, 2013 - 9:47PM

    This has led to a culture where we can’t produce good new ball bowlers

    Last I checked Wasim, Aaqib, Shoaib, Junaid etc did pretty good with new ball. Even in the last match of the champions trophy commentators were saying that Pakistani bowling attack might be the best in the tournament

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  • wake
    Jun 16, 2013 - 9:50PM

    aamir sohail opposing imran khan because aamir sohail is the supporter of pml n

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  • Khan
    Jun 16, 2013 - 9:51PM

    He is not maligning Imran Khan. He is maligning all the great Pakistani cricketers that followed him by calling them cheats. He should prove his allegation against Pakistani bowling attack or apologize to the nation

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  • Naveed
    Jun 16, 2013 - 9:52PM

    Thats just utter loads of rubbish from amir sohail. His statement is absolutely immature and doesn’t make any sense at all what so ever…..really disappointed by him.

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  • Water Bottle
    Jun 16, 2013 - 9:55PM

    @IHA:

    “So are you saying that Wasim Akram, Waqar Younus, Aqib Javed and Mushtaq Ahmed were incompetent third rate bowlers mentored by Imran Khan who could only bowl with lifted seams and roughed up cricket balls?”

    I’m saying, based on Sohail’s statement, that Wasim, Waqar, Aqib, Mushtaq were all involved in ball tampering.

    This is what Sohail is hinting at, very clearly.

    And from the looks of it, Imran seems to be the leader of the pack. Sohail is suggesting that Imran himself tampered ball. Don’t forget that that was an era with a fewer cameras and far inferior technologies.

    Also, I don’t care who you vote for. I personally believe that a man should leave his personal prejudices behind when making analysis. At least, that’s what I’d do. I’m an Indian, by the way.

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  • abdullah
    Jun 16, 2013 - 10:01PM

    A person who’s name is in the hall of fame is responsible!!
    What a shame amir sohail…

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  • Shakil Dahri
    Jun 16, 2013 - 10:06PM

    Baat batsmano ki performance horahi Amir sb bowlers ki training k bat kar rahe hain, senseless and irrelevant to what happened!

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  • Water Bottle
    Jun 16, 2013 - 10:07PM

    @Falcon:

    “Its not as if you were an IK fan before this statement from AS came along. By the way, have you ever been able to see anything good in IK?”

    That’s a very honest question. I don’t know IK personally, as most of us don’t. But from his actions that are public, from his talks, I don’t see anything good. Unless you call charm/charisma and a macho baritone as good!!

    I will let you in on a secret :

    Look at history : Most great/honest leaders were clumsy or ugly and spoke softly and not at all charismatic : Gandhi, Martin Luther King Jr, Nelson Mandela, Edhi, Manmohan Singh, Vajapayee…

    Most dishonest/cruel leaders were great charismatic orators : Hitler, Saddam Hussein, Richard Nixon (my god, did he have a baritone?), Yahya Khan…

    Now you see where Imran Khan fit into?

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  • SAK
    Jun 16, 2013 - 10:10PM

    Every one knows, you were responsible for the failure of this Team, when in revenge, you sent whole senior players to their homes after 2003 world cup exit. Pakistan never truly recovered from that.

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  • oblique
    Jun 16, 2013 - 10:11PM

    We didnt have many new ball bowler but that was before Imran. After Imran Pakistan always had quality new ball attack. Aamir Shoail should stop maligning Pakistan for a personal grudge

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  • SK
    Jun 16, 2013 - 10:18PM

    @Water Bottle:

    Either you are naive or plain stupid to believe Mr Sohail who had pretty much average career in Pakistan cricket and failed to inspire his progeny. How many youngsters idealized Aamir Sohail as opposed to Imran Khan. Just think !!!. For your kind information Mr Aamir is a protagonist of PMLN his rambling accusation is a political ploy.

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  • le miserable
    Jun 16, 2013 - 10:24PM

    You are responsible for Pakistan defeat in 1996 WC Quarters ans since then we are loosing …and you cost us so much insult by doing stupid acts in that match too …so you are the reason.

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  • Omeir Zahid
    Jun 16, 2013 - 10:27PM

    Aamir Sohail is responsible for us having this pressure against India in big tournaments. ever since his foolish attitude and loss wicket to Prasad in 1996 Quarter final in Banglore – the ratio has reversed. now man up and accept Aamir Sohail. The fact is Aamir Sohail wants to have key position in PCB – which soon will come up with PML-N in Govt. He is just accelerating by bad mouthing against Imran Khan – highly disappointing for tarnishing Pakistan’s cricket legend.

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  • Asad
    Jun 16, 2013 - 10:39PM

    Times of India reported it so it must be a fake or manipulated news..

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  • Zeeshan
    Jun 16, 2013 - 11:05PM

    Lolz…Amir sohail needs some attention.

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  • real
    Jun 16, 2013 - 11:06PM

    there is nothing to bring Imran khan here…sohail is out of his mind.

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  • Bilal Bajwa
    Jun 16, 2013 - 11:17PM

    Imran Khan Fined Aamir Sohail during world cup 1992 on breaking the discipline. Aamir bhai do you want people to investigate what was the incident? Now stop this non-sense against Imran Khan.

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  • Bilal Bajwa
    Jun 16, 2013 - 11:23PM

    @Water Bottle:
    For your information if you have any sense of cricket, pakistan’s current problem is with batting not bowling. Your own argument is self contradictory when you say there are so many cameras and see still Paksitani bowlers are performing. Man please use some sense. You are blind with your hatered for Imran.

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  • Rakshinda
    Jun 16, 2013 - 11:33PM

    Oh the very famous blame game! get rid of it. and just like others i am also doubtful as to where did this dialogue appeared? Didn’t hear it anywhere on the news channels.
    A pathetic article indeed.

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  • salman
    Jun 16, 2013 - 11:34PM

    what a rubbish statement by a loser like amir sohail for the man who only gave hope and honour to this country. Shame on you!.

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  • atha ullah khan
    Jun 16, 2013 - 11:36PM

    Pakistan cricket is destroyed not by Imran khan but by the cricket structure in the country. Under 19 under 16, our board is putting too much into these categories, and trying to bring into team those who can serve for decades. Which is why our team neither have good players nor do they have strong characters. Australian and Indian cricket is always improving because they are focusing on their players game and not their ages. And that is why, though their players don’t always have looooong careers but they always have best winning teams.

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  • abbas
    Jun 16, 2013 - 11:41PM

    I am not a fan of Imran but now I see ET has really something against him.

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  • Jun 16, 2013 - 11:46PM

    That’s is the most senseless statement I have heard. Well Mr aamir sohail you left a culture of our openers edging the bowls to the slips. The only reason your name is remembered is because you partner a great cricketer saeed anwer. You just averaged 30 plus in ODI cricketRecommend

  • Omeir Zahid
    Jun 16, 2013 - 11:46PM

    @Rule of Law: please share the link of that interview. otherwise, you know there is a Day of Judgement and you have to be answerable to God for spreading false news and statement from someone else.

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  • fahaad
    Jun 16, 2013 - 11:52PM

    look who is speaking andabout whom

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  • Jun 16, 2013 - 11:59PM

    Whats wrong with bowling ?? I cant our bowling did very best . The only problem was batting Except Misbah (who performed well), Umar Amin (tried best ) and Nasir Jamshed no one batted well. Problem was Top Order they Did not given a gud Opening Partenership. Not Used Powerplays Properly . Our Batting Only Works well on Asian Conditions but they always Flop in English, African and Australian Conditions.

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  • Danish
    Jun 17, 2013 - 12:06AM

    what an amazing thread, just because some of you have supported PML N and you are anti-PTI, you are endorsing Amir Sohail’s statement.
    For heavens sake, this is a sports news, treat it like that.
    And by the way, call him a politician or what ever, it was Imran Khan, the captain of Pakistan Cricket team when they won the World Cup.Recommend

  • Murtaza Hanif
    Jun 17, 2013 - 12:11AM

    I must say, very random… kuch samjh nhi aya tu IK agia hahha… get a life man :D

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  • Bewildered
    Jun 17, 2013 - 12:13AM

    @Water Bottle:

    “Don’t forget that that was an era with a fewer cameras and far inferior technologies.”

    You missed one very important thing in your unprejudiced analysis “fewer cameras and far inferior technologies”, and blind empires.

    “I’m an Indian, by the way.”

    We already know from the reek, you don’t have to tell.

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  • Jun 17, 2013 - 12:16AM

    In Pakistan everyone want to become like Wasim and waqar they have no inspiration of any batsman of Pakistan cricket so how they can produce a good batsman.

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  • Tajjee
    Jun 17, 2013 - 12:18AM

    Cant jounos tell him that PAK team lost not b/c of bowlers but b/c of batsmen.. Bowling line the only strength of Pak team. Moreover, what does bowling has to do with opening pair? Cheap media is it worth it prublishin?

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  • Anas Ahmed
    Jun 17, 2013 - 12:38AM

    What a ridiculous , non-sensical raconteur this man is – it has been 13+8 years since Imran the legend left the game. If his influence still persists so strongly after 21 long years , than Imran is definitely some great man.

    Just see the team he build and left when he retired on a high in 1992 , a formidable unit it was indeed. That unit played and performed , and we were if not the best but the most talented side in the world for a decade.

    Its not Imran’s influence that has destroyed our team , it is just the lack of it … and this influence has withered away in years … no more to be found now.

    What Aamir Sohail has said , its only out of some envy for the great man. For the same reason , he joined PML(N) and Sarfaraz went on board the MQM. Its simply jealousy and nothing else.

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  • saeed
    Jun 17, 2013 - 12:40AM

    aamir that he has been the chairman selection committee for quite some time . Has he delivered any goods to Pakistan cricket. Such a looser who could not even produced any opening batsman to Pakistan team. If IK was responsible to prepare cheaters than who were waqar and wasim. They both were one of the deadliest fast bowling pair, world has ever seen

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  • khansaab
    Jun 17, 2013 - 12:43AM

    I can’t believe idiots like him make the news! exactly why he is on indian tv channels!

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  • Neutral
    Jun 17, 2013 - 12:43AM

    Aamir Sohail knows bashing Imran Khan gets you publicity in Pakistan and might even get him a position in PCB now, and if that does happen, Pakistan cricket will go nowhere.

    P.S. I can’t remember Imran Khan ever letting us down.

    Grow up you ignorant fool, Aamir Sohail. Also, you were an average cricketer with a batting average of 35 in tests and 32 in ODIs. These are the kind of averages I would expect from a Bangladeshi opener. Imran who wasn’t even an opening batsman (usually batted at no.7) and was more a fast bowler than a batsman had a better average than you as an opening batsman. Imran’s batting average was 38 in tests and 33 in ODIs, not to mention he also has to credit 362 wickets in tests and 182 in ODIs. Can someone please give him these stats to this ignorant person.

    ET…why have you published this article? It’s not worthy of a news. As explained above, Aaamir was an average cricketer and is on PML-N payroll these days.Recommend

  • zab
    Jun 17, 2013 - 12:52AM

    Imran Khan damaged cricket.
    Imran Khan damaged Pakistani Politics.
    Imran Khan damaged Judiciary.
    Imran Khan damaged our relation with USA.
    Imran Khan baaz a jao warna ………………….Har ghar say AMIR Bolay ga.

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  • Umer Yaseen
    Jun 17, 2013 - 1:02AM

    hahahaha i can give nothing but a splendid laugh here…. what kind of statement is this, Amir Sohail is now trying to do what he had done to his career, always abuses the empire on his own failure and now doing the same with his criticism:D

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  • 3footninja
    Jun 17, 2013 - 1:05AM

    @Water Bottle:
    so your inane logic is that one needs to be clumsy and ugly in order to be a great leader? and IK can’t be one just because he happens to be charismatic??!? if that’s the sole basis of your judgement (as you yourself point out that you do not know him personally, or all the philanthropic work he’s done) then you surely are stupid. you’re water’s totally leaked man. go fix your bottle.

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  • Ali Syed
    Jun 17, 2013 - 1:14AM

    What about the batsmen? Did you spoil them with setting a culture of shitty batting?

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  • pakistaniat
    Jun 17, 2013 - 1:22AM

    who is aamer sohail by the way? is he even worth mentioning?

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  • Jat
    Jun 17, 2013 - 1:22AM

    Can anyone tell me why Imran Khan was known as “Cap Khan” all over the world ? Earlier I used to think “Cap” was short for Captain, but it seems I was wrong.

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  • waqar jan
    Jun 17, 2013 - 1:28AM

    Seriouse . What it got to do with imran khan. He left cricket decades ago how can u blame such a big star who won the world cup for us. Here its not the bowlers to blame its the batsmen. And the truth is how can u send such unexperienced and new guys for such a big event specialy when we have good star players sitting doing nothing and didnt even think what conditions they are going to face .

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  • Abid P. Khan
    Jun 17, 2013 - 1:38AM

    Majority of Pakistanis have never seen the inside of a Hindu temple yet idol worship is the defining characteristic of their psyche. Aamir Sohail’s claim could be totally fallacious. However, instead of looking for evidence either confirming or rejecting the claim, the comment has only produced a tsunami of discrediting him. No objective discussion is likely to take place.
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    Once again it goes to show that this nation of blind idol worshipers, is incapable of cool headed and rational thinking.
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    Hopefully, Mr Sohail’s house is not already in flames.

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  • Dr. Asad Sadick, Germany
    Jun 17, 2013 - 1:59AM

    Amir Sohail was always a mediocre opener and a bowler of no real value. He hasn`t done well as a commentator or as an analyst either. Of all the people he passes a cricketing judgement on IK, a cricketer who has been honoured by Dickie Byrd as captain in his World XI. Is he looking for a job via Nawaz Sharif by talking against Imran. For his information Nawaz respects Imran as a great cricketer, irrespective of his political differences.

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  • Jat
    Jun 17, 2013 - 2:05AM

    Quoting from “The Independent” newspaper of UK

    “THE immediate legacy of Imran Khan’s admission that he tampered with the ball to the extent of using a bottle top will be a further blighting of his Pakistan Test successors, Wasim Akram and Waqar Younis…

    Indeed, the most startling admission so far released concerns a county match between Sussex and Hampshire in 1991. ‘The ball was not deviating at all,’ Imran is quoted as saying. ‘So I got the 12th man to bring on a bottle top and it started to move around a lot. I occasionally scratched the side (of the ball) and lifted the seam.’

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  • ali
    Jun 17, 2013 - 2:29AM

    Last i checked aamir sohail was a part of pml n.

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  • Asad Nawab
    Jun 17, 2013 - 2:35AM

    Very bad Amir, you should know that he is a legend of all times and now one of the best politicians of Pakistan.

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  • Arshad Khan
    Jun 17, 2013 - 2:51AM

    Mr. Amir Sohail is totally dishonest in his remarks. A political statement on a sports issue. Amir Sohail is suffering from an inherent PMLN inferiority complex.

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  • Haseeb
    Jun 17, 2013 - 3:42AM

    Translation of Sohail’s remarks: “Mian sb, please appoint me Chairman PCB! What more do I need to do?”

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  • hasan n
    Jun 17, 2013 - 4:09AM

    Aamir sohail, you genuinely need help..

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  • timy
    Jun 17, 2013 - 4:51AM

    actually although imran brought talents like wasim/waqqr/inzi etc and these guys support him for sure along with ramiz raja but one thing which i dont understand the cricketers who were with imran back in 70s and 80s never support him like majid khan , javed, sikander, sarfraz nawaz etc etc almost everyone… although ammir sohail supports pmln but i speculate why players of his era never supported him we cant say everyone was jealous of him

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  • Danny
    Jun 17, 2013 - 4:56AM

    Rubbish!

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  • ibrahim
    Jun 17, 2013 - 5:36AM

    Even Harsha Bhogley was stunned by Amir statement,rejecting amir notion outrightly.all international cricket player oppose this biased view!!

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  • AK
    Jun 17, 2013 - 6:50AM

    As far as Cricket is concern, Imran is widely recognized as one of the Greatest Player in cricket.

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  • RAW is WAR
    Jun 17, 2013 - 7:12AM

    agree 100%.

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  • A. Khan
    Jun 17, 2013 - 7:24AM

    Aamir Sohail : please tell everyone how you got that big house in Lahore with a swimming pool, long before anyone knew about match fixing.

    And exactly how does ball tampering by our bowlers affect the performance of our own batsmen ?

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  • Ali
    Jun 17, 2013 - 7:41AM

    I guess when Aamir Sohail pointed towards the boundary against India and was bowled the next ball that was also Imran’s fault. Why does he always give stupid comments?

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  • skmomand
    Jun 17, 2013 - 8:03AM

    the defeat is not becuase of bowlers …batsmen are responsible. Amer sohail know his calibre very well..

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  • Oberoi P
    Jun 17, 2013 - 8:25AM

    Wasn’t it Sarfaraz Nawaz who first made ball-tampering into a fine art? Imran and later Akram and Waqar perfected the art and took it further. While Pakistan’s bowlers are still good today, they are unable to run-through sides like they used to when they tinkered around with the ball.

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  • Water Bottle
    Jun 17, 2013 - 8:31AM

    @SK:

    “Either you are naive or plain stupid to believe Mr Sohail who had pretty much average career in Pakistan cricket and failed to inspire his progeny. How many youngsters idealized Aamir Sohail as opposed to Imran Khan.”

    That’s a wrong way of thinking, SK. mediocre career can still be due to honesty. Look at pakistan, when was the last time a real honest person was rewarded?

    @3footninja:

    “so your inane logic is that one needs to be clumsy and ugly in order to be a great leader? and IK can’t be one just because he happens to be charismatic??!?”

    I never said that. I just showed you examples from history. By the way, IK is too dishonest to be a great leader.

    @Bilal Bajwa:

    “For your information if you have any sense of cricket, pakistan’s current problem is with batting not bowling.”

    I think Pakistani bowling has been mediocre at best for the last 10 years.

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  • lodhi
    Jun 17, 2013 - 8:34AM

    Pakistan is aready ranked NO 5/6 in one dayers.Why you guys expected Pakistan will do any miracle? Also.it was olaced in a difficult group.
    Imran has nothing to do with batting failure.Amir’s own credibility is at stake.Aamir was himself an inconsistent opener.

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  • ahmad butt
    Jun 17, 2013 - 8:42AM

    Imran Khan is loved by Indians for his honest views, he told the indian cricket board not to drop Dhoni as captain, and told them that their bowling has to improve, this was the series where Pakistan won 2-1 and Dhoni was criticised. Guess what they found new pace bowlers and now India is safe and sound now.

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  • Tariq Rashid
    Jun 17, 2013 - 9:15AM

    Dear All,

    Try to understand his comments don’t see who is he, if somebody understand Cricket he can follow what he said, It is absolutely true that we dont have bowler who can bowl with New ball this is the reason behind that we could not produce good opener.

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  • Water Bottle
    Jun 17, 2013 - 9:26AM

    @3footninja:

    “and IK can’t be one just because he happens to be charismatic??!? if that’s the sole basis of your judgement (as you yourself point out that you do not know him personally, or all the philanthropic work he’s done) then you surely are stupid. “

    I believe that there’s good and bad in every human beings. There are no pure black or white people in this world. No.

    Now, coming IK’s philanthropy. It is perhaps a reflective of his good nature. Or perhaps there was the agenda of gaining -popularity through philanthropy. Afterall philanthropy fetches you more votes than the matches you have won.

    And to make things clear to you, I used to be a big fan of Imran. Even after he came into politics, the initial sound bites he made were good. But slowly he started showing his true colors.

    One one hand he lived the lifestyle that he did and on another hand he calls for an Islamic welfare state of Pakistan. He celebrates Dipavali with Hindus and then joins the stage with DeP council. His idea of blaming US for all the extremism in your country is outright ridiculous. Solving 9-0 years of problems in 90 days is a sad joke. He comments on Ahmadis were pathetic.

    However, as far as his cricketing goes, Amir Sohail was brave enough to tell the truth that he encouraged ball tampering.

    Mind you, after the ball-biting incidence, Afridi used the very same alibi. Afridi said that everyone does it. Afridi was clearly referring to his compatriot bowlers and his seniors from whom he learnt it.

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  • Ozair
    Jun 17, 2013 - 11:19AM

    Lolz ……………its hilarious how Imran Khan is to blame for all the country’s woes whether it is economic, security or cricket. People giving such statements either mean it as a joke or are devoid of any common sense

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  • shakeel
    Jun 17, 2013 - 11:57AM

    match innings not out runs highest score avg ball faced srike rate 100 50
    47 83 3 2823 205 35.28 5103 55.32 5 13
    156 155 5 4780 134 31.86 7297 65.5 5 31

    WHAT is exceptional about this career ??? i think strike rate, and i cant forget one of his inning in which he scored 48 runs from 117 balls,, how can u say anything about great imran khan,,ball tempering was not a crime at that time, there was no law against it.

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  • JB
    Jun 17, 2013 - 12:33PM

    Is this guy nuts? Words can not describe a man who was given a chance in Imran’s team in the first place. The world cup 1992 final was his 14th ODI and he has the audacity of saying that Imran Khan ruined Pakistani cricket??? IK was always saying that the infrastructure of the Pakistani domestic cricket should be improved. He was always FOR Pakistani cricket. And may we remind Mr.Aamir Sohail that it was due to our batting we lost our matches. Bowlers went just fine.

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  • ali
    Jun 17, 2013 - 1:08PM

    IK got us world cup in cricket. Ponit closed. Period.

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  • Saz
    Jun 17, 2013 - 1:51PM

    Wonder who introduced and promoted akram over javed miandad as capt in the first place@fawad:

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  • Ajamal
    Jun 17, 2013 - 1:51PM

    @khalid:
    Imran Khan left cricket more than 20 years ago!!
    India built their top class team in last 10 years.

    When shall we wake up and stop blaming others for our failures??

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  • Jameel ur Rehman
    Jun 17, 2013 - 1:56PM

    Aamer Suhail is talking through his hat.Even after so many years no water seems to have gone under the bridge. It is still stagnating there. Wake up Aamer

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  • salman
    Jun 17, 2013 - 2:10PM

    @Water Bottle:
    Martin Luther King was not charsmatic? Or Mandela? Have you seen any of thier speeches?
    Sorry mate, you just torpedoed your own argument.

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  • Fahad Javaid
    Jun 17, 2013 - 2:13PM

    Water Bottle
    I would like to know who did you vote for or prefer not voting anyone in last general elections.
    Your anti-Pti rhetoric is explicit – you failed to speak of Amir Sohail joining PMLN and here he is today bashing PTI. However, by saying that Amir Sohail was honest which is why he was an average player means the great Saeed Anwar, Inzamam and M.Yousaf were morally corrupt that they had healthy averages?
    Secondly, I don’t understand on what basis you are drawing analagy (you have to be an ugly person to become a leader). Are you serious?
    Thirdly, IK has left everything far behind – he is no longer the play boy he used to be. And if he has enough money to live in 300 kanal house what is wrong in this? NS is living in 25,000 kanal house check wikipedia.
    Fourthly, seemingly, you are one of those you felt betrayed when represetative of PTI went to attent DEP counsel. But later you would have noticed that PTI never sent anyone to anyother meeting now please don’t bring PTI + JI alliance that will open entirely a new discussion here.
    His 90 days of claims are somewhat realistic and I believe he has the will to comply with their agenda. He never meant to eliminate corruption completely but to reduce in top tier level. Then we can discuss local body elections – The main motive is to tell people we have to capacity to do things which previous governments failed to do so.

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  • salman
    Jun 17, 2013 - 2:15PM

    Since Aamir feels so strongly..he should announce a press conference and publicly return his WC 92 medal. I’m sure he doesn’t now want to be associated with a team that includes “taineted” (according to him) bowlers such as Imran, Aqib, Wasim and Mushtaq. :)

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  • Ali
    Jun 17, 2013 - 2:45PM

    This should get him a good position in the cricket board..

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  • imran
    Jun 17, 2013 - 3:06PM

    Very intelligent. Salute your IQ.

    it was our batting that led us down not bowlers. Our bowlers did well in two of the 3 matches and in both the warm up matches, that makes it 4 out of 5 times our bowlers performed. But it was the batting that led the team down.

    It is a ridiculous statement that only a great IQ like yours can accept.

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  • Farrukh
    Jun 17, 2013 - 3:11PM

    An absolutely abserd statement. Amir is the one who should also thank actually Imran for whatever he achieved as a cricketer. Blaming the greatest cricketer & a leader Pakistan had is exteremely non-sense. Well spoken from a controversial man like AMIR SOHAIL, what else you can actually expect.

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  • Tahir maqsood
    Jun 17, 2013 - 3:48PM

    @Mani: and all of you are imran’s chamchay.Recommend

  • Sad
    Jun 17, 2013 - 3:58PM

    I am shocked, and I am actually sad to hear what Amir Sohail said. Imran Kha has introduced a long list of heroes which includes Inzi, Wasim Akram, Waqar Younis, Aqib Javaid, ushtaq Ahmed, Moin Khan and many many many others. He used to come at no. 3 which we call leading from the front. Will due respect, Who are you Mr. Sohail?
    And I am astonished to see the idiotic reaction of some guys like Waterbottle and a couple of others.
    Our legendary bowlers used to temper the ball, but they could rock the world with fair play too. What do people think English, Australians, Indians did temper the ball???

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  • Abid P. Khan
    Jun 17, 2013 - 4:19PM

    @Jat:
    “….. ‘The ball was not deviating at all,’ Imran is quoted as saying. ‘So I got the 12th man to bring on a bottle top and it started to move around a lot. I occasionally scratched the side (of the ball) and lifted the seam.’…

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    When I grow up, I want to be a politician, said Imran then.

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  • chimpanzee
    Jun 17, 2013 - 4:36PM

    hahaha!

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  • Pakki
    Jun 17, 2013 - 4:42PM

    @sick of this nonsense,

    With the great lineage of bowlers you have mentioned here, how many times did Pak win the WC? How many times it became number one team. Is not the answer pretty obvious ?

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  • Faizullah Durrani
    Jun 17, 2013 - 4:45PM

    IK was retired in 1992. how is responsible for current situation after 21 years.

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  • SRK
    Jun 17, 2013 - 4:55PM

    Really disappointed to hear Aamir Sohail’s comments!!! Every one knows he is an emotional person and can say or do anything in that state of mind. He was not able to digest Shoab Akhtar’s praising of Imran Khan…..

    There was one day only when I and some other fanatic Pakistani cricket fans thought to leave following cricket and that was the QF defeat against India at Banglore in the 1996 WC. Who ever saw that match still remembers how Aamir Sohail threw it away…Both openers were going great guns and in his emotions, he threw his wicket away..He was the captain and we did not expect this from him..

    We did not not have a better team like that in a WC. Not he did this only, during the fielding, he kept Miandad at the boundary line most of the time and did not even involve him in decision making…In the batting order as well, Miandad was pushed way down the order… I would rather say that was the start of Pakistani Cricket’s decline…and if some one is to get the blame for that it should be he, not Imran Khan who taught his tigers about how to fight with the best in the business….

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  • Za
    Jun 17, 2013 - 5:23PM

    To Some extent he is right, our batsman doesn’t know how play new ball, as our bowler doesn’t know how to perform with new ball in net practice. So he is right.

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  • Mani
    Jun 17, 2013 - 5:40PM

    It became a part of our culture to defame our national heroes and Amir did it for cricketing fans all arround the world who has always admired Imran Khan and his leadership qualities in the game of cricket.

    Aamir himself is a part of Pakistan cricket since 25+ years and has enjoyed almost all the positions except for few but he never have tried to bring anything positive to Pakistan cricket but this statement.

    After 1992 WC, IK was no where in PCB but after 21 odd years Amir has realized that IK was the real culprit. What about him and all the other board members who have earned so much from cricket in the past 21 years??? Are they all not responsible for the current situation???

    He should remember his last harsh statement which gave to Prasad in 1996 WC and the response which he got on the next delivery he faced but I dont think he has learnt anything from that moment of his life.

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  • Omar
    Jun 17, 2013 - 5:47PM

    My brain is churning a thousand thoughts per second trying to figure out a justification for Aamir Shoails statement but I can’t, I just can’t!

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  • Fiaz
    Jun 17, 2013 - 5:51PM

    Absolute Nonsense.

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  • Enlightened
    Jun 17, 2013 - 6:05PM

    Well, it so appears that Aamir Sohail has some scores to settle with Imran Khan or politically motivated as a few commentators have pointed out otherwise his statement is completely absurd and factually incorrect. As a matter of fact, Pakistan and even South Africa have produced a battery of best fast bowlers for many years who are even currently playing in the CT. Ball tampering even though practiced by Imran and many others has no relation whatsoever with the current form of the Pak team. Frankly speaking, India would love to have the three fast bowlers from Pakistan and BCCI wont mind paying a couple of millions from its overflowing treasury chest.

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  • wasiqa
    Jun 17, 2013 - 6:54PM

    pakistan actually lost coz of batting….aamir sohail should look upon himself then talk about Imran khan..he has himself never been a good opener just check his stats..if u want to flatter nawaz sharif di it openly sher ko support krna h to sher bno….IMRAN KHAN is our HERO

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  • Kayla
    Jun 17, 2013 - 7:33PM

    Imran is no moer than a selfish guy who always tried to potray that, team on that time was one of the weakest and it is him who made the difference despite having legends like Wasim, Inzi, Miandad and Mushtaq. He was just at the right place on right time and blind inqlabiz are clearly failed to understand this.

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  • ayesha
    Jun 17, 2013 - 7:54PM

    Anyone who wants easy fame these days uses the name of Imran khan in his speech.Ends up getting more notoriety than fame.

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  • hassan
    Jun 17, 2013 - 8:52PM

    Failed publicity stunt, but you still aint getting the chairmanship mate. its hamza shahbaz’s. :P

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  • Shameema
    Jun 17, 2013 - 9:33PM

    http://www.espncricinfo.com/magazine/content/current/story/642389.html

    Ball tampering allegations against England in Championship Trophy. Check above link.

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  • Shoaib Khan
    Jun 17, 2013 - 10:19PM

    Is he responsible for the selecting the Waqar Younus one of the best new ball bowler, guiding Izamam ul Haq Wasim Akram, Aaqib Javed, or is he responsible in the selection of Imran Farhat, Hafeez,Shoaib Malik and Kamran Akmal , I am still confused about thisRecommend

  • Rule of Law
    Jun 17, 2013 - 11:25PM

    @ Omeir Zahid

    You can read through the proceedings of spot-fixing and match-fixing Scandals of M Amir and M Asif few years ago. I came to know about the difference between “spot fixing” and “match fixing” after listening to Imran Khan. I will soon find his interview statements on google or YouTube.

    @ PTI Trolls

    The aimless comments of a handful burgers can never change the reality!
    Listen to the interview of Imran Khan immediately after winning the 1992 world cup. He used the word “I” rather than “we” as if he was the only player…. Height of selfishness!!Recommend

  • M Usman
    Jun 17, 2013 - 11:32PM

    Well Well Well…………….Aamer Sohail what if even after these kind of statements you are not given PCB job by PMLN. An average player like you criticizing a legend is perfect representation of the proverb ” Asman ki taraf mon ker thoka hua apnay hi mon pay a girta hai.”. Mr. AS I wish you had the courage to rebel against IK when you were playing in his captaincy. Recommend

  • Hammad
    Jun 18, 2013 - 3:11AM

    Reading this article gave me cancer. And for Aamir Sohail, are you high.

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  • Rashid
    Jun 18, 2013 - 3:22AM

    Finally! The cat is out of the bag.

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  • Zaki Ur Rehman
    Jun 18, 2013 - 5:10AM

    Its a shame that Aamir Sohail would say such nonsense for a man who is his senior Professionally. On another note, I know for a fact that Aamir is a PMLN supporter. This is a totally ridiculous and bizarre act.

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  • Jun 18, 2013 - 5:19AM

    I myself saw him say this on GEO while Younish Khan and Zaheer Abbas were there. He has sold his soul to the PMLN who he joined recently.

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  • AA
    Jun 18, 2013 - 10:35AM

    Firstly IK was a great cricketer. Secondly, Aamir Sohail played under his captaincy. So he may be right or wrong. But I don’t think he has any proof of what he said. So, it would have been better to keep politics out of this! Unless he is trying to become the board chairman!!!

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  • Anusha Naqvi
    Jun 18, 2013 - 11:27AM

    Mysteries of History should be unwind and those minting Millions of Dollars in betting and spot fixing should be made to pay Taxes on their true earnings.

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  • amk
    Jun 18, 2013 - 1:17PM

    Oh. I know what he means now, its because IKs party had bat as the symbol and that made all the batsmen confused when they were asked to go out and bat, they thought they were going out to vote but instead someone started throwing balls at them :D

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  • salman
    Jun 18, 2013 - 1:50PM

    Who is amir sohail?

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  • Nafees N.
    Jun 18, 2013 - 3:12PM

    AS, Imran Khan retired more than 20 years back and you hold him responsible for the dismal performance of players like Imran Farhat, Shoaib Malik and Kamran Akmal. Either you are dead drunk or severely biased! ET should print only new worthy comments.

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  • Shah Zain
    Jun 18, 2013 - 4:15PM

    I wish I was at arm length with Amer Sohail. I would have given him a satisfying slap on his face. Shame on you Amer. I am also ashamed of considering you our here at one time. Greed for a position can make decent looking people look like jokers. But still such tactics work well with PML(N).

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  • Jun 18, 2013 - 5:41PM

    Despite all the comments, i only want to say one thing.

    Make Imran Khan , PCB’s Chairman and mark my words that we will become World Champion in next cup.

    Guaranteed.

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  • fahad
    Jun 18, 2013 - 5:56PM

    If we take this statement of Sohail positively than we will probably find that Imran gave good advice to the bowlers because Pakistani bowlers are performing definitely very well.The problem is always to the batsman who could not perform for a long period.

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  • fahad
    Jun 18, 2013 - 6:03PM

    @Fahad Latif:

    please can you tell me why my comments ofnlly displayed???????

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  • Muhammad Khan
    Jun 18, 2013 - 10:46PM

    @Water Bottle:
    Ball tampering was not an offence at the time imran was in cricket. He won the case from Ian Botham on this issue. Please correct your knowledge. He was not tampering the ball while hiding it in his pants. He was doing it in front of everyone. Because it was not against the law

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  • King
    Jun 19, 2013 - 10:46AM

    Huh!!! Just waisted my precious minute of Life reading this article….

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  • A Common Man
    Jun 19, 2013 - 10:59AM

    This height of a non sense what aamir has alleged on IK!

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  • Zaib Ali
    Jun 19, 2013 - 11:56AM

    Mind my word.He is going to be next PCB chief thats why he barked against IK to please NS.

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  • Zaib Ali
    Jun 19, 2013 - 12:05PM

    Many captians from other countries acknowledged that there was some ball tampering and infact Imran K himself told this nobody else told.Now eafter 20 years Sohail is putting the blame on IK is not understandble.He must be eyeing for PCB chairman’s post for which you have to please NS.Believe me I used to think Amir Sohail is a man of integrity and self-respect.

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  • Ajmal
    Jun 19, 2013 - 2:18PM

    I wonder why noone reminded Mr. Smart Aamir Sohail about the ball tempering case Imran Khan won against Alan Lamb and Ian Botham in London in 1996. Does Aamir Sohail still need any more evidence? He has made hiself look like a dunce after cadtinb such allegations against a legend like Imran Khan. And Wasim and Waqar were playing until 2003 when there were 18 cameras in every international match. Did that make them any less formidable? Shoaib Akhtar had been a fear for every batsman until 2011. Did he take wickets because cameras were unable to catch his tempering. Waqar Younus has said many times that the new ICC rules and the cockaburra balls have made it tough to swing the older ball now. Aamir Sohail needs medical help!

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  • umar
    Jun 19, 2013 - 2:49PM

    so amir sohail is new chairman/DG of PCB?? intelligent statement it is.

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  • Chisti
    Jun 20, 2013 - 10:42AM

    @ Water Bottle

    Your write up clearly indicates your knowledge abt cricket. It didnt demostrate cricket sense rather racist commnets against IK.
    Ask the xperts or read the history and u will know that Pakistan team atlest for a decade depended on the players selected and groomed by IK like Wasim, Waqar, Inzi, Mushtaq, Aaqib. Ask these players also, they will also endorse the contribution of IK in their career. When u see a batting collapse in Pakistan team, why our captain cannot came at number 3 position and take charge of the innings. This quality was demosntrated by IK even when he have a great batsmen in the shape of javed miandad for no. 3 position. Remember the worldcup 2012 semi final match btw india and pakistan. Dhoni came at no. 3 (unusaul for a such a big match) and guide his team to a healthy total. Whereas our captain came at no. 7 when the match almost ended.

    Pakistan crickets declines bcz of only one reason…..Wrong man at the right position….PCB is just like railways, PIA, Steel mill. They outperform bcz of incompetent and politically backed leadership.

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  • Shoaib Mir
    Jun 21, 2013 - 11:35AM

    I have no love lost for Imran’s politics but to say what Aamir Sohail has said against the World Cup-winning captain after 21 years is simply idiotic.

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  • Danish Xuberi
    Jun 23, 2013 - 7:12PM

    Imran left cricket decades ago, how can he affect contemporary game when he is not a player, coach, member of the board. It is like blaming Zia for every ill, or like saying that “the current economic woes of Pakistan are due to the Second World War that had left the British Empire empty pocket and most of the European countries, being the biggest buyers of Pakistani textiles, destroyed both economically, financially and socially, that had far reaching impact on Pakistani exports leading to widespread factory closures and unemployment. The local economy is still reeling from the shock and has not been able to fully recover.” Wow I feel like I am making sense.

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  • Rohit
    Jun 25, 2013 - 6:31AM

    I am an Indian and a great fan of Imran Khan. I don’t have much time to write on Imran Khan’s achievements as that would be a huge essay. But shortly, he at least won a world cup for Pakistan, and what did Aamir Sohail achieve. Pakistan was on a roller coaster to win 1996 world cup quarter final against India when Aamir started an argument with V Prasad and got bold on the very next ball, Pakistan lost that match and the world cup. Empty vessels make more noise. Ever seen Sachin Tendulkar to make such statements. Aamir should learn to be Humble and more important – RESPECT. IMRAN KHAN DESERVES LOADS OF RESPECT.

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  • Jun 26, 2013 - 5:03AM

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    Amir wants to be on the PCB payrol so such statements will please the masters.

    Disgraceful…….

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