``I'm not finished,'' says Pakistan skipper after giving evidence (20 December 1998)

20 December 1998

"I'm not finished," says Pakistan skipper after giving evidence


FAISALABAD, Pakistan, Dec 20 (AFP) - Pakistan captain Aamir Sohail, who has given vital testimony to a judicial commission investigating match fixing allegations in cricket, Sunday dimissed speculation that his career was over.

Sohail walked out of the team in the second Test at Lahore last week after a row with selector, Salahuddin Ahmed, coach Javed Miandad as well as disagreement with Pakistan Board Chairman Khalid Mahmood.

He was named in the 16-men squad for the third Test in Faisalabad but did not turn up there due to indisposition.

On Saturday he reappeared before the judicial commission inquiring into match fixing and betting allegations against some Pakistan cricketers and recorded his in-camera statement.

"I cannot disclose much and you guess it yourself," Sohail told AFP.

Pakistan Cricket Board legal adviser Ali Sibtain Fazli said Sohail had given solid evidence against some players.

"This time around he spoke freely as captain's hat was no more on his head," Fazli said.

"Sohail has given an important document to the commission," another source said.

Local media reports suggested Sohail threatened to reveal startling facts on the role of fellow players in betting.

"I have not burnt my boats and am gearing up to go to India. My cricket is not finished," Sohail said.

However he said "it is up to the selectors to select me or not" for the team's 10-week trip to India next month.