Mohammad Aamer Sohail Ali (Urdu: ; born on 14 September 1966) is a former Pakistani cricketer and a former PCB Chief Selector. With Saeed Anwar, he formed one of the best opening combinations Pakistan has ever had.
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.
Sohail captained Pakistan in six Tests in 1998, becoming the first Pakistani captain to defeat South Africa in a Test Match. 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.
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. 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.
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.
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.
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.
- In the column Runs, * indicates being not out
- The column title Match refers to the Match Number of the player’s career
|Test centuries of Aamer Sohail|
|205||3||England||Manchester, England||Old Trafford||2 July 1992||Drawn|
|105||19||Australia||Lahore, Pakistan||Gaddafi Stadium||1 November 1994||Drawn|
|160||37||West Indies||Rawalpindi, Pakistan||Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium||29 November 1997||Won|
|160||38||West Indies||Karachi, Pakistan||National Stadium||6 December 1997||Won|
|133||44||Australia||Karachi, Pakistan||National Stadium||22 October 1998||Drawn|
|One Day International centuries of Aamer Sohail|
|114||7||Zimbabwe||Hobart, Australia||Bellerive Oval||27 February 1992||Won|
|134||48||New Zealand||Sharjah, UAE||Sharjah Cricket Stadium||20 April 1994||Won|
|100||63||Sri Lanka||Durban, South Africa||Kingsmead||2 December 1994||Won|
|111||88||South Africa||Karachi, Pakistan||National Stadium||29 February 1996||Lost|
|105||96||India||Sharjah, UAE||Sharjah Cricket Stadium||12 April 1996||Won|
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, 4×4, 1×6); 6-0-34-0||Pakistan won by 4 runs.|
|2||Zimbabwe||Bellerive Oval, Hobart||27 February 1992||114 (136 balls, 12×4); 6-1-26-2||Pakistan won by 53 runs.|
|3||Australia||WACA Ground, Perth||11 March 1992||76 (106 balls, 8×4); DNB||Pakistan won by 48 runs.|
|4||West Indies||New Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg||27 February 1993||57 (95 balls, 3×4); 10-0-32-2||West Indies won by 5 wickets.|
|5||India||Sharjah Cricket Stadium, Sharjah||22 April 1994||69 (87 balls, 6×4); 5-0-22-2||Pakistan won by 39 runs.|
|6||Sri Lanka||SuperSport Park, Centurion||4 December 1994||67 (94 balls, 6×4, 1×6); 10-0-46-3, 2 Ct.||Pakistan won by 12 runs.|
|7||Sri Lanka||Sharjah Cricket Stadium, Sharjah||12 October 1995||85 (110 balls, 4×4); 8-0-22-4||Pakistan won by 82 runs.|
|8||England||National Stadium, Karachi||3 March 1996||10-0-48-2 ; 42 (56 balls, 6×4)||Pakistan won by 7 wickets.|
|9||India||Padang Cricket Ground, Singapore||5 April 1996||9-0-46-1 ; 76* (89 balls, 7×4)||Pakistan won by 8 wickets.|
|10||India||Sharjah Cricket Stadium, Sharjah||12 April 1996||105 (127 balls, 8×4); 6-0-28-0||Pakistan won by 38 runs.|
|11||Zimbabwe||Harare Sports Club, Harare||28 March 1998||8-0-34-1 ; 77 (104 balls, 8×4, 1×6)||Pakistan won by 4 wickets.|
|12||India||Cricket, Skating & Curling Club, Toronto||20 September 1998||10-0-59-2 ; 97* (125 balls, 7×4, 3×6)||Pakistan won by 5 wickets.|
|13||Zimbabwe||Jinnah Stadium, Gujranwala||20 November 1998||10-0-37-1 ; 91 (105 balls, 9×4, 1×6)||Pakistan won by 4 wickets.|