Ex-cricketer Aamir Sohail accuses Pakistan of 'fixing' matches


A spirited performance against hosts and pre-tournament favourites England has helped them set up a mouthwatering clash against India on Sunday with Virat Kohli's side defeating Bangladesh by nine wickets in the second semi-final on Thursday. This is the first time that Pakistan have qualified for the final of the Champions Trophy.

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.

While there is plenty of room for improvement, the final group stage win over New Zealand will remain as a highlight of the tournament for Bangladesh.

Harbhajan said Pakistan worked after India defeat to defy the odds. "How?", Ganguly told India Today in an exclusive chat. "We have not decided about (playing him)".

Hasan paid tribute to the influence of Pakistan bowling coach Azhar Mahmood, himself a vastly experienced former global seam-bowling all-rounder who also spent several seasons in English county cricket, notably with Oval-based Surrey.

Team Bangladesh was doing really well in the starting and it was getting hard for fans to predict the winning team but Virat Kohli took a game-changing decision with the help of MS Dhoni.

"We need to protect him going further because later half of the year we have massive tours coming up, and his batting contribution will be a huge factor for us", Kohli's answer was an indicator that some real plans are in place for the elegant Mumbai right-hander. "If he is not fit, then we have to move on". However, considering Pakistan's history in fixing, the claims can not be entirely ruled out.

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However, Sohail's comments after the win over Sri Lanka had angered many Pakistani fans.

Bangladesh were looking to break the 300 barrier but by the end of Jadhav's six over spell they had slipped to 183 for 5 in 36 overs and could only reach 264 a total India easily eclipsed with just one wicket down.

If Pakistan are dreaming to change the course of history, Hasan Ali will have to disintegrate an Indian top order that has toyed with most bowling attacks in the tournament so far. "We needed to have a clean, collective game". Last match, when Amir was not there, people were anxious about our main strike bowler not playing.

The former cricketer said that his comments came following Sarfraz's refusal to dedicate his performance against Sri Lanka to Javed Miandad, saying that their former coach criticizes the team a lot. We have guys who have such skill and such an ability that they can perform on any stage. It is just a matter of self-belief and confidence.

Had they played the match a week before, West Indies and not Pakistan would have been here.

Mahmood did, however, hint that if Amir was picked on Sunday, it could be at the expense of Raees. We have seen some really surprising results and it's been incredible for the fans to watch and for the players to be a part of, as well.

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