Former Pakistan cricketer Aamer Sohail has put Pakistan team under limelight by saying its success in the Champions Trophy 2017 is due to external factors. The comment came right ahead of the much-awaited final between India and Pakistan at the Oval in London on Sunday. The former opener while speaking to a Pakistani news channel said that the team captained by Sarfraz Ahmed has no reason to rejoice as it is the external factors that have helped move them into the final on Sunday against India. Pakistan had beaten England in a surprising result to book their place in the final. He said that Sarfraz needs to be told that you have not done anything great. Sohail is most famously remembered for his incident with Venkatesh Prasad in the 1996 World Cup.
He added, “Someone has helped you win the game. There is no reason for you (Sarfraz) to be so happy. We all know what happens behind the scenes. Don’t wish to get into the details on who won them the games. If asked, I will say that the prayers of the fans and God have won them the games.”
In a possible strong hint of match-fixing, Sohail said the Pakistani team’s performance is not based on on-field effort but due to external factors. He also said, “The boys now need to be level-headed and focus on playing good cricket.” The England team, who started their campaign with three straight wins in the group stage and were amongst the favourites to lift the trophy faced a tough challenge from the Pakistani side in the semi-finals. Pakistan then went on to defeat the host country by eight wickets.
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It was sheer luck that got Pakistan a win against South Africa in the group stage as the result was decided under the D/L method. It was followed by another against Sri Lanka, because of the Islanders’ terrible fielding in the virtual quarter-final. This is the first time Pakistan will play in the Champions Trophy final.