Would have picked Mohammad Yousuf instead of Shahid Afridi in 1999 World Cup if I was captain: Aamer Sohail
Afridi was neither able to bowl nor able to bat in 1999 World Cup: Sohail
I was captain instead of Wasim Akram, I would have preferred Mohammad Yousuf: Sohail
Afridi flopped in the 1999 World Cup, scoring only 93 runs in seven innings
Former Pakistan captain Aamer Sohail opened up on his team’s failure during the 1999 World Cup, revealing how the management made a blunder by selecting Shahid Afridi as an opening batsman for the tournament.
Sohail also claimed that if he was the captain, he would have picked Mohammed Yousif instead of Afridi. Sohail said Afridi could neither bat nor ball in 1999 World Cup.
“When I was a captain in 1998, we had decided with the selectors that we should have regular openers for the World Cup who can stay at the wicket and play out the new ball,” Sohail said on his YouTube channel.
Sohail, who captained Pakistan in six Tests in 1998 and in 22 ODIs between 1996 and 1998, felt management could have selected a better team.
“Unfortunately, you opted for Shahid Afridi, he had the ability on flat low-bouncing tracks where he would take on the bowlers and bring the opposition under pressure. But in demanding conditions, that is a big gamble. He was neither able to bowl nor able to bat. If I was the captain instead of Wasim Akram, I would have preferred Mohammad Yousuf,” Sohail added.
Notably, Afridi flopped in the 1999 World Cup, scoring only 93 runs in seven innings at a lowly average of 13.28.
“So, according to me, there were two reasons for your loss at the World Cup. One was that your team combination was not correct at all and the other that you opted to bat after winning the toss when you knew that it had been pelting down in London.”
“From my cricketing experience and my observation, I can say that we played the entire World Cup like a local team. We had one line-up in a match and a different line-up in the next match with changing batting orders,” Sohail said.