Tuesday, January 24, 2012
Sohail - The Best Pakistan Commentator
Aamir Sohail is a feisty and competitive character and had a successful career as an opening batsmen and useful slow left arm orthodox bowler. Sohail formed a stylish and successful opening partnership with Saeed Anwar which dominated many attacks. Sohail captained Pakistan to the Sahara Cup title in Canada in 1996 and 1998 against their arch rivals and also led them to a test win in South Africa under his captaincy. Sohail completed his studies at university level as an economics graduate. Sohail was Pakistan’s 2nd leading run scorer in their triumphant 1992 World Cup with a century and 2 50s as he was a member of Imran’s cornered tigers that played a fearless brand of cricket to conquer the world down under in the 1992 season. As a commentator and broadcaster Sohail has appeared in many TV channels and commentary teams over the last decade since finishing his career as a pundit and expert. Whilst not everyone likes him and he has his large share of critics, Sohail is a commentator who speaks his heart and voices his opinions openly without worrying about the implications of his views and how they could affect the public’s opinion on him, especially in terms of popularity. Sohail’s commentary is detailed and the technical jargon he applies goes to show a man who knows his knowledge and tactical know how, a man who analyses and watches the game in depth and really applying all the knowledge and experience he had picked up in his playing days to behind the mic with a deep voice and wise choice of words. His passion is evident and Sohail comes across as someone who is a no nonsense and fully serious commentator who holds strong and firm views which he is willing to justify rather than siding with anyone. Sohail was a patriotic servant for his country and was a man of integrity and dignity who blew the whistle against the shady characters in the team by exposing them in the 1990s. I was pleased to see him part of the commentary team for the Pak - Eng series in the UAE.