The 34-year-old’s last outing in Pakistan colours came in a Test against Australia in December, 2016 and he has not been considered for selection ever since. While Pakistan head coach Mickey Arthur cited fitness issues as the reason for Sohail’s non selection, it was reported that the pacer had been dropped due to an argument with bowling coach Azhar Mahmood.
The argument reportedly took place while Sohail was playing for the Karachi Kings in the Pakistan Super League (PSL) for whom Arthur and Mahmood were on coaching duties.
With Pakistan possessing a formidable pace attack comprising the likes of Mohammed Amir, Hasan Ali and Mohammad Abbas, the chances of Sohail working his way back into the side look bleak but he is not willing to throw in the towel just yet.
“I don’t consider age an issue at all for me regarding international cricket. For me, it’s simply a case of being able to play on as long as my body will allow and to serve Pakistan to my fullest abilities,” Sohail told PakPassion.net.
“I am excluded from the Pakistan team not due to any deficiency on my part, but strangely enough I am not included in the side despite having performed well. I have a Test batting average of over 25 and have taken crucial wickets in Tests and performed well in the World Cup. Yet I haven’t been picked for the national side since 2016,” he added.
The right-armed pacer has featured in nine Tests, 13 ODIs and five T20s for Pakistan so far with his best performance (5-55) coming in the 2015 World Cup clash against India at Adelaide. Sohail had picked up the wicket of India skipper Virat Kohli too then and he counts it among the best moments of his career.
“There are a few memorable moments that I cannot forget as they brought me so much joy. The first was the time when I took five wickets against India in the 2015 World Cup game in Adelaide,” he said.
“This was special because I had challenged myself and others to accomplish this task and I was able to do it and picked up the prize wicket of Virat Kohli as well.”
According to a report by ESPNCricinfo, Cook has been offered a commentary stint by TalkSport for England’s tour of the West Indies.
England’s two-month tour of the West Indies takes place at the start of 2019 and Cook could join the likes of David Lloyd, Darren Gough and Mark Nicholas if he takes up the commentary stint.
The 33-year-old opening batsman announced his decision to retire from international cricket following the culmination of the final Test against India.
The left-hander will continue turning out for Essex in the County Championship with whom he has extended his deal until 2021.
If Cook does take up the commentary stint with TalkSport, he will follow in the footsteps of many former England skippers who have taken to punditry following the end of the playing careers.
Michael Atherton, Michael Vaughan and Geoffrey Boycott are just some of the former England captains who have turned to television or radio commentary post their respective retirements.
According to the report, Cook is yet to make a call on the offer but the signs are that the Englishman will not be short of career options once he finally hangs up his cricketing boots.
Star all-rounder Ben Stokes will face an England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) disciplinary hearing on December 5 for the Bristol night club incident.
Stokes was cleared of the affray charges brought against him in the Bristol Crown Court in August this year but he still faces the prospect of bringing the game into disrepute when the discipline commission hearing takes place.
According to a report in the Telegraph, Stokes and batsman Alex Hales will be subjected to a two-day hearing for their roles in the night club brawl.
The reason the hearing has been delayed so much is due to the fact that the ECB does not want either Stokes or Hales to have to return mid-way during England’s upcoming tour of Sri Lanka.
England are slated to leave for Sri Lanka on September 28 and the hearing has been scheduled to take place after the completion of the tour.
In case Stokes and Hales are given any sort of a ban, it could affect their participation in England’s all format two-month tour of the West Indies which sees them play three Tests, five ODIs and two T20Is.
Stokes is currently playing a big role in England’s ongoing Test series with India where he has picked up 13 wickets so far while chipping in with some important contributions with the bat as well.