After Claiming Pak Matches Fixed, Aamer Clarifies Stand... Sort Of
“My statement was misunderstood”
First he created a storm by indirectly alleging that Pakistan had reached the Champions Trophy final because their matches had been fixed, but now former international cricketer Aamir Sohail is saying his comments were misinterpreted.
"I never said that Sarfraz follows someone else's agenda. 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. If Pakistan is winning, then why bring up references to match fixing? I don't know what agenda people who make such allegations are following," said the former head of the PCB’s Selection Committee.
Earlier, following Pakistan’s Group B victory over Sri Lanka, Sohail had indicated that forces from outside the dressing room were influencing Pakistan’s progression in the Champions Trophy.
"Sarfraz needs to be told that you have not done anything great. Someone has helped you win the game. There is no reason for you (Sarfraz) to be so happy. We all know what happens behind the scenes. Don't wish to get into the details on who won them the games," he had said during a programme on a Pakistani channel.
While why exactly he made those comments is not still clear. However Sohail did add that he was simply criticising Pakistan skipper Sarfraz Ahmed for not dedicating the win over Sri Lanka to legendary batsman Javed Miandad, whose birthday fell on that day.
"Sarfraz was asked after the Sri Lanka match whether he wanted to dedicate the win to Miandad. But I heard reports that he refused to do so and said Miandad criticises the team too much.What I meant was that Sarfraz has become captain only recently and Miandad is a very big name in Pakistan cricket. He should not have said such things. If Miandad says something, it is only for the improvement of Pakistan cricket," Sohail told Pakistani channel Samaa TV.
Sohail was himself at the heart of the match-fixing scandal that rocked Pakistan cricket in the late 1990s.
One of the key players during Pakistan's successful campaign at the 1992 World Cup, Sohail's most infamous moment on the cricket field was at the 1996 World Cup when he got into an altercation with India pacer Venkatesh Prasad before being bowled off the very next delivery.
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