Aamir Sohail was member of Pakistan's 1999 World Cup winning squad © Getty Images
Aamer Sohail was member of Pakistan’s 1999 World Cup winning squad © AFP

Oct 18, 2014

Aamer Sohail, the former Pakistan cricketer talked about playing cricket in Australia and New Zealand while attending the  Salaam Cricket conclave. According to him, the conditions over that part of the World is bit different. He said, “The pace and bounce are more over there, but in the end it will be about impact players. India must understand that conditions are different from subcontinent. Bowling is a bit weak, but India still has potential to perform if the batsmen put on runs.”

He also said, “India needs someone to carry the innings if a few wickets fall. Someone should bat for 15 or so overs. India is full of stroke players, but somebody needs to bat through. Maybe Rohit Sharma is the person.” Sohail, a member of Pakistan’s 1992 world winning also, “A base of 21 people went to the World Cup in 1992. By the time we played before the final announcement we were completely burned out. The Indians may face the same situation. During the Australia tour, if someone fails, the media will put pressure on them. The selectors should not shuffle after one or two defeats. They need to persist with a strong base of players.”

The conclave – named ‘Kaise Jeetenge World Cup’ – is attended by the likes of , Kapil Dev, Allan Border, Imran Khan, Steve Waugh, Ricky Ponting, Arjuna Ranatunga, who are among the captains who led their teams to World Cup wins. Among the other skippers will be Sunil Gavaskar, Sourav Ganguly, Ajay Jadeja, Mohammad Azharuddin, Bishan Singh Bedi, Inzamam-ul-Haq, and Aamer Sohail. Indian cricketers, who were also a part of their last World Cup winning campaign back in 2011, Yuvraj Singh, Harbhajan Singh, Piyush Chawla, and Ashish Nehra will also be a part of the function.