Picture of Aamer Sohail

Aamer Sohail

Batting style:
Left Handed bat
Bowling style:
Slow left-arm orthodox
Played for:
Roles played:
Ex Skipper-Test,ODI | -
Home country:
September 14, 1966, Lahore


A hard hitting left-handed opening batsman and handy left-arm spinner, Aamer Sohail was the heart of the Pakistan team that lifted the 1992 World Cup in Australia and New Zealand. He was known for his big hits and more often than not, got his team off to a flier against opponents. In Saeed Anwar, Sohail found an able opening partner and the two went about decimating bowling attacks around the world. Often he would find it impossible for him to control his aggression and this was sometimes a setback for him and his team.

Sohail will be remembered infamously around the world because of his antics in the 1996 World Cup quarter-final match against Pakistan. Having smashed Indian bowler Venkatesh Prasad through covers for a spanking boundary, he got into a war of words with him and then needlessly pointed to the pavilion with his bat indicating where he was going to hit the next ball. It was the pavilion indeed, but that is where Sohail went after the bowler cleaned bowled him. His wicket caused a dramatic collapse and as a result, Pakistan went on to lose the encounter. His career was blighted by match-fixing scandals later on. Sohail emerged as one of the primary whistle-blowers stating the presence of match-fixing in cricket. He was at the heart of the match-fixing scandal in the 1990s and this had a negative impact on his batting and his captaincy. As a result, his game fell apart and he was forced to retire early to take up a job in broadcasting. In 2001, he became the chief selector of the national team till he was replaced by in 2004 by Wasim Bari.

Fast Facts

  • Aamer Sohail was the first Pakistani captain to defeat South Africa in a Test match.
  • Of his five international centuries in ODIs, two came in the World Cup.


  Matches Innings Runs NO Avg. SR 100's 50's HS
Test 47 83 2823 3 35.28 55.32 5 13 205
ODI 156 155 4780 5 31.86 65.50 5 31 134
  Matches Innings Balls Runs Wickets BBI BBM Avg. Econ. 4w 5w 10w Extras
Test 47 46 2383 1049 25 4/54 / 41.96 2.64 1 0 0 14
ODI 156 125 4836 3703 85 4/22 / 43.56 4.59 1 0 0 70
  Catches Stumpings Runouts
Test 36 0 0
ODI 49 0 6
  Matches Won Lost Tie No Result Win percentage
Test 6 1 2 0 3 16.67
ODI 22 9 12 0 1 40.91


Pakistan Vs England at Edgbaston, Birmingham - Jun 04, 1992
Last played:
Pakistan Vs Sri Lanka at Arbab Niaz Stadium, Peshawar - Mar 05, 2000
Pakistan Vs Sri Lanka at Sharjah Cricket Association Stadium, Sharjah - Dec 21, 1990
Last played:
Pakistan Vs Sri Lanka at Gaddafi Stadium (Lahore Stadium), Lahore - Feb 19, 2000