Aamer Sohail

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Aamer Sohail
عامر سہیل
Personal information
Full name Mohammad Aamer Sohail Ali
Born (1966-09-14) 14 September 1966 (age 50)
Lahore, Punjab, Pakistan
Batting style Left-handed
Bowling style Slow left-arm orthodox
Role Opening batsman
International information
National side
Test debut (cap 122) 4 June 1992 v England
Last Test 5 March 2000 v Sri Lanka
ODI debut (cap 80) 21 December 1990 v Sri Lanka
Last ODI 19 February 2000 v Sri Lanka
Domestic team information
Years Team
1983–1999 Lahore
1987–1992 Habib Bank Limited
1995–2001 Allied Bank Limited
1998–1999 Karachi
2000–2001 Lahore
2001 Somerset
Career statistics
Competition Test ODI FC LA
Matches 47 156 195 261
Runs scored 2823 4780 12213 7852
Batting average 35.28 31.86 38.89 31.91
100s/50s 5/13 5/31 29/50 9/50
Top score 205 134 205 134
Balls bowled 2383 4836 12063 7840
Wickets 25 85 157 179
Bowling average 41.96 43.56 38.10 33.34
5 wickets in innings 0 0 2 0
10 wickets in match 0 n/a 1 n/a
Best bowling 4/54 4/22 7/53 4/11
Catches/stumpings 36/– 49/– 153/– 92/–
Source: CricketArchive, 30 March 2010

Mohammad Aamer Sohail Ali (Urdu: محمد عامر سہیل علی‎; born on 14 September 1966) is a former Pakistani cricketer and a former PCB Chief Selector.[1][2] With Saeed Anwar, he formed one of the best opening combinations Pakistan has ever had.


Sohail made his first-class debut in 1983, a left-handed opening batsman and occasional left-arm spin bowler. In a playing career that spanned eighteen years, Sohail played in 195 first-class and 261 List A Limited Overs matches, including 47 Test matches and 156 One Day Internationals for Pakistan.


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.

1996–98: Pakistan Captain[edit]

Sohail captained Pakistan in six Tests in 1998, becoming the first Pakistani captain to defeat South Africa in a Test Match.[3] 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.[4]

Highlights and controversies[edit]

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.[5] 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.[6][7]

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.[8]

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. [9]

Centuries by Aamer Sohail[edit]

Two of Sohail's ODI centuries were scored during the Cricket World Cup.

  • In the column Runs, * indicates being not out
  • The column title Match refers to the Match Number of the player's career
One Day International centuries of Aamer Sohail
Runs Match Against City/Country Venue Year
[1] 114 7  Zimbabwe Hobart, Tasmania Bellerive Oval 1992
[2] 134 48  New Zealand Sharjah, UAE Sharjah Cricket Association Stadium 1994
[3] 100 63  Sri Lanka Durban, South Africa Kingsmead 1994
[4] 111 88  South Africa Karachi, Pakistan National Stadium, Karachi 1996
[5] 105 96  India Sharjah, UAE Sharjah Cricket Association Stadium 1996


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.[10]


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Preceded by
Rameez Raja
Pakistan Cricket Captain
Succeeded by
Wasim Akram