GALLE, SRI LANKA: Former Pakistan captain and match-fixing witness Aamir Sohail welcomes the deluge of official cash into cricket that has seen gamers make tens of millions in tournaments, saying it reduces the temptation for corruption.
Sohail’s taking part in heyday got here between 1990 and 2000, far too early to profit from the T20 revolution begun by the Indian Premier League.
However the 55-year-old, who was a whistleblower — a time period he dislikes — in Pakistan’s Nineties match-fixing controversy, informed AFP the massive bucks are good for the game.
“It is good that gamers are getting good cash these days,” mentioned Sohail, who performed 47 Exams and 156 one-day internationals.
“Temptations are there however of late we have not had any information of wrongdoing.
“So if issues are underneath management and cricketers are getting official cash, I feel that is superb for the sport.”
Former Pakistan captain Salim Malik was banned for all times for match-fixing and tempo bowler Ata-ur-Rehman for perjury after the nation’s cricket board arrange a judicial fee to research revelations by a number of gamers, together with Sohail, of match-fixing.
Sohail, who’s in Sri Lanka as a TV commentator and can name the 2 Exams beginning Saturday involving Pakistan, added present gamers shouldn’t be complaining about an excessive amount of cricket.
“The modern cricketer, if he’s aspiring to play prime degree of the sport then he must be ready for its calls for,” mentioned Sohail, a left-handed opener who was key in Pakistan’s 1992 50-over World Cup triumph.
“Your degree of health and the starvation ought to match as much as the extent of taking part in in your nation.”
He lauded Pakistan skipper Babar Azam for displaying the best way to the nation’s new era along with his work ethic and prolific run-scoring.
“Babar has proved himself along with his efficiency,” mentioned Sohail.
“Now he has to dwell as much as these expectations that he has set from his batting and carry on bettering.”
The 27-year-old Babar has a median of over 45 in 40 Exams and not too long ago hit 196 within the second Australia Take a look at, which led to a draw. Pakistan misplaced the collection 1-0.
New tips with previous ball
Sohail charges the present Pakistan Take a look at crew as filled with expertise however mentioned the quick bowlers must develop new strategies to make the previous ball more practical when the reverse swing just isn’t obtainable.
“There may be undoubtedly room for enchancment in Take a look at cricket. We used to rattle opposition batting with our reverse swing within the center overs,” Sohail mentioned.
Pakistan have been pioneers of reversing the ball, with former speedsters Sarfraz Nawaz, Imran Khan — who went on to grow to be prime minister — Wasim Akram and Waqar Younis rattling the opposition batsmen.
New COVID-19 guidelines prohibit the usage of saliva to keep up the previous ball — a follow that aids reverse swing — and tempo bowlers together with India’s Jasprit Bumrah consider sweat just isn’t as efficient.
However Sohail, additionally a left-arm spinner throughout his taking part in days, insists it isn’t saliva however the altering nature of pitches that has resulted in reverse swing turning into ineffective at instances — and urged the quicks to make changes.
“They’re good with the brand new ball, good within the center overs if it is reversing however when it isn’t reversing then they have not acquired something new,” he mentioned.
“If our quick bowlers study the artwork of working with the previous ball then our crew will go a great distance with the type of expertise we’ve.”