ICC Champions Trophy 2017, India vs Pakistan Final: Pakistan are in the final due to external factors, says Aamer Sohail

Pakistan had beaten England in the semi-final in what came as a stunning reversal of fortunes and events after the hosts had begun the tournament with three straight wins in the group stages. On the other hand, Pakistan needed plenty of luck on their side.

By: Express Web Desk | Updated: June 16, 2017 5:52 pm
india vs pakistan final, ind vs pak, aamer sohail, aamir sohail video, pakistan fixing, cricket news, sports news, icc champions trophy, indian express Pakistan beat England in the semi-finals of the ICC Champions Trophy 2017. (Source: AP)

Ahead of the big ICC Champions Trophy final between India and Pakistan at the Oval in London, former Pakistan opener Aamer Sohail has created a storm by inferring Pakistan have reached the final due to ‘external factors’. Speaking to a Pakistan news channel, Sohail stated that the team captained by Sarfraz Ahmed have no reason to rejoice as it is the external factors that have helped them into the final on Sunday. Pakistan had beaten England in a surprising result to book their place in the final.

Sohail, remembered most iconically for his confrontation with Venkatesh Prasad in the 1996 World Cup, said, “Sarfraz needs to be told that you have not done anything great. 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 has won them the games. They have been brought to the final due to external factors and not based on on-field performance. The boys now need to be level-headed and focus on playing good cricket.”

Pakistan had beaten England in the semi-final in what came as a stunning reversal of fortunes and events after the hosts had begun the tournament with three straight wins in the group stages. On the other hand, Pakistan needed plenty of luck on their side to get past South Africa under D/L method and then Sri Lanka’s terrible fielding in the virtual quarterfinal handed them the passage into the knockout stages.

Pakistan have made their first foray into a Champions Trophy final and are looking to add to their previous ICC titles in 1992 World Cup and 2009 World T20.

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    Jun 19, 2017 at 5:08 pm
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      Sagar Chaudhri
      Jun 17, 2017 at 11:37 pm
      India is best in all matches, apart from Sri Lanka, so cricket is not dead, tomorrow match is so exciting
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        vomit wiping news paper
        Jun 17, 2017 at 4:36 am
        vomit wiping paper is publishing this news as well. is this a news vomit wiping indian epress?
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          ARJUN KAUSHIK
          Jun 16, 2017 at 9:25 pm
          Agar pak match jita to. Mai apna gardan uda lunga. 1kattar hindu
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            shubhchintak
            Jun 16, 2017 at 11:15 pm
            Teri maa tujhe isliye paida Kiya bhadve. Gardan udaa loonga. Chudiya pehen ke bait jaa Ghar Mei.Apne aap ko kattar Hindu Bolta Hai aur baat hijdo waali Katya Hai. Sharam nahi aayi tujhe. RSS School Wala tujhe yehi sikshah Diya Hai Kya.
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            R.P.Pillai
            Jun 16, 2017 at 8:07 pm
            Indian cricket is changed as entertainment like WWF. The players are earning in million due to public. The players are charged additional tax from their income and it is used for the well being of poor Indian and for the development of other sports and other sports person. Politicians are to be kept away from sports and selection should be neutral. The real talented players are given chance to represent India in spoets. Sports should be made compulsory in the school and separate period should be allotted in each school.
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              Mike
              Jun 16, 2017 at 7:21 pm
              Pakistan won against S.Africa and SriLanka like champions but lost against India , like a school team . last 15 years,Pakistan lost against India in semi/final matches like a school teams.This is because Pakistan Cricket Board and Indian cricket board, BCCI, Fixed the matches,where India paid big money to Pakistani PCB.Now this Sunday match seem to be fixed. So India will win the match like pool match in this champion trophy. Shame,shame,shame PCB and BCCI .
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                Mike
                Jun 16, 2017 at 7:32 pm
                In WWE (World Wrestling Entertainment),all matches are fixed days before that who will win and who will loose. Because WWE is now a business/entertainment. Similarly all Cricket tournaments/ championship are now business entertainment , where all matches are fixed in advance. One should not think about patriotism and emotional factors.
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                  annoyed
                  Jun 16, 2017 at 8:09 pm
                  Are you a bookie that fixed these matches ? ACP should interrogate you for you seem to know quiet an awful lot, Mike ?
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                    Mike
                    Jun 16, 2017 at 9:53 pm
                    It is not me. Every one in newspapers in the world is telling these fixing stories in sports matches. I love real games, real soccor, and true cricket . I hate all bookies like you, Mr. Anno . I condemn all bookies, including you Mr. Ann , BCCI, PCB and ICC. Shut your , dity mouth. Rather you must try to make Cricket games neat and clean .
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                    Vaibhav
                    Jun 17, 2017 at 9:48 am
                    Gr8 knowledge !! By the way Against Sri lanka Like a champion really ? Don't u think it got fixed ? Y sarfaraz's easy cathches were dropped when just one catch could end game ? Against south africa 100/3 similar condition that was against srilanka. if match would get complete results would be differ. finally dumbling team reached semi England is host and would like to earn more that was possible only due to India Pak final clash so given bypass to lame team. In final obviously Indian team would get more bets to win and if bookies could manage, they can earn big by defeat of India instead of Win. This is the actual case, no one deny role of bookies. BCCI PCB r not so friendly. Just read news PCB official even not provided Time for Meeting with Ganguli even being there at Mumbai to request Indo-Pak series. So don't live in dilemma.
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                    pradeep
                    Jun 16, 2017 at 6:21 pm
                    Cricket is no longer a sport.It is to be shunted into the area of entertainment where money and mania rule.As expected teams from the poorest countries in the world will be one the field to generate maximum revenue from television ,satellite rights
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                      Vishwanath Natarajan
                      Jun 16, 2017 at 6:49 pm
                      Lets say you are correct. Think about what is involved for all of this to be "arranged" as you imply ? One fact is that a team or some key members of a team can only be paid to underperform , after-all NO ONE can guarantee "overperformance". Not even the late Don Bradman could guarantee a century if he had been paid to score one !. This means that teams have to be paid to underperform . So to get stan to the finals, this "supreme arranger" whoever he is would have had to bribe a) The South African team -- to lose their fixture to give stan a chance . b) The Srilankan team - to ensure that stan reaches the semis. c) The English team -- to ensure that stan reaches the finals ! To get the Indian team to the finals, similarly the South African team and the Sri Lankan team would have had to be bribed again ( double bonanza for them ! ) addition the Bangladesh team would have to be on board as well. Thus ALL teams except India and Pak would have to have been bribed.
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                      malik
                      Jun 16, 2017 at 5:31 pm
                      Thanda hai par ganda hai yai .....🤣
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