Former Pakistan captain Aamir says big bucks ‘good for cricket’


GALLE: Former Pakistan commander and match-fixing observer Aamir Sohail invites the downpour of genuine cash into cricket that has seen players make millions in competitions, saying it decreases allurement for defilement.

Sohail’s playing prime interfered with 1990 and 2000, extremely ahead of schedule to profit from the T20 unrest started by the Indian Premier League.

Yet, the 55-year-old, who was an informant — a term he detests — in Pakistan’s 1990s match-fixing discussion, told AFP truckloads of money are great for the game.

“It’s great that players are getting great cash these days,” said Sohail, who played 47 Tests and 156 One-day Internationals.

“Allurements are there however of late we haven’t had any fresh insight about bad behavior.

“So assuming things are taken care of and cricketers are getting genuine cash, I believe that is generally excellent for the game.”

Previous Pakistan skipper Salim Malik was restricted for life for match-fixing and speed bowler Ata-ur-Rehman for prevarication after the nation’s cricket barricade set a legal commission to examine disclosures by a few players, including Sohail, of match-fixing.

Sohail, who is in Sri Lanka as a TV pundit and will call the two Tests beginning Saturday including Pakistan, added current players ought not be whining about a lot of cricket.

“The contemporary cricketer, in the event that he is seeking to play high level of the game, he ought to be ready for its requests,” said Sohail, a left-given opener who was key in Pakistan’s 1992 50-over World Cup win.

“Your degree of wellness and the appetite ought to coordinate to the degree of playing for your country.”

He commended Pakistan captain Babar Azam for showing the way to the nations new age with his hard working attitude and productive run-scoring.

“Babar has showed off his abilities with his exhibition,” said Sohail.

“Presently he needs to satisfy those hopes that he has set from his batting and continue to get to the next level.”

The 27-year-old Babar has a normal of more than 45 out of 40 Tests and as of late hit 196 in the subsequent Australia Test, which finished in a draw. Pakistan lost the series 1-0.


Sohail rates the ongoing Pakistan Test group as loaded with ability yet said the quick bowlers need to foster new techniques to make the old ball more compelling while turn around swing isn’t accessible.

“There is certainly opportunity to get better in Test cricket. We used to shake resistance batting with our converse swing in the center overs,” Sohail said.

Pakistan have been trailblazers of turning around the ball, with previous speedsters Sarfraz Nawaz, Imran Khan, Wasim Akram and Waqar Younis shaking the resistance hitters.

New Covid-19 principles deny the utilization of spit to keep up with the old ball — a training that helps invert swing — and pace bowlers including India’s Jasprit Bumrah accept sweat isn’t as powerful.

However, Sohail, likewise a left-arm spinner during his playing days, demands it’s not spit but rather the changed idea of tests out that has brought about switch swing becoming incapable on occasion — and encouraged the quicks to adapt.

“They are great with the new ball, great in the center overs in the event that it’s turning around however when it’s not switching then they haven’t got anything new,” he said.

“On the off chance that our quick bowlers become familiar with the specialty of working with the old ball then our group will go quite far with the sort of ability we have.”

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