Pakistan has fought their way up the ladder this Champions Trophy. After receiving a drubbing at the hands of India in the first game they have had a major turnaround, stunning the world number 1 South African side and then dishing out a gritty performance against Sri Lanka to make it to through a tough, tough group. And while we felt that Pakistan had done their best in the competition, they cam up with their biggest surprise in the event, knocking out the hosts, England, in a one sided semi final.
While Pakistan fans would be basking in the glory of a remarkable turnaround, Aamir Sohail has made some very fishy comments about Pakistan’s Champions Trophy campaign.
In an interview with a Pakistan news channel, Aamir Sohail said that the Pakistan team shouldn’t be very happy about their recent upsurge, as they were helped by “external forces”.
“We will congratualte you when you play well but we’ll also criticise you when you don’t. They [Pakistan team] should not be flying too high on their success at the moment because we know that they’ve been ‘brought’ to this position”, Sohail said.
While his interview comments seem very vague, people have been quick to jump to conclusions as Pakistan has had a huge history of being involved in spot and match fixing, with Mohammad Amir, Mohammad Asif and Salman Butt being charged in the 2010 tour of England.
While Atul Wasan has said that things shouldn’t be taken out of context, and that Aamir Sohail could be attributing Pakistan’s win to ‘faulty play’ on part of their opponents.
There is no confirmed news of any match fixing incident during this Champions Trophy but the authorities would want to look into Sohail’s comments and maybe get things clarified from Pakistan’s celebrated opening batsman.