Pakistan cricket needs reforms and new strategies: Aamer Sohail

Aamer Sohail said it is unfortunate to lose such immensely talented players AFP

London: Nov 2, 2011

Former Pakistan captain and opening batsman Aamir Sohail fears if the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) does not learn from the latest incident of spot-fixing, such things will continue to happen.

Sohail, who played 47 Test matches, said it was time for the PCB to make wholesale changes in the national team.

“We have seen similar episodes in the past. It all happened, but the net result is that it is happening again. Until you learn and introduce reforms and proper strategy, I am afraid it will continue to happen in the future,” Sohail was quoted as saying by BBC.

“It is a very sad thing for Pakistan cricket. These three were very talented. People were expecting they would do well for the country. The loss of talent like this is really sad,” he said.

Pakistan captain Misbah-ul Haq also added that the team was not distracted with the news of Salman Butt and Mohammad Asif found guilty of spot-fixing by a London court.

Misbah said the team was fully focused on their current series against Sri Lanka in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

Misbah, who replaced Butt as the captain since the Lord’s Test, has led the Test side admirably, ensuring that Pakistan went undefeated in series against South Africa, New Zealand and the West Indies. Pakistan lead the Test series against Sri Lanka 1-0 after two matches.

“We have a good bunch of boys and everyone is focusing on their own performance and the team’s performance. There’s a good spirit. We know each other well and that’s the key. The country’s name comes first, people come and go, every player needs to remember that,” he said. (IANS)