Pace attack November 25, 2006

Is there a twist to Sami's tale?

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Mohammad Sami is a cat who has had his nine lives © AFP

Mohammad Sami, who most people want to bowl like the wind, has lived through something of a twister in the past few months. He began the England tour as Pakistan's premier (fully fit) fast bowler and ended it as if he had ended his international career. He watched helplessly as he was first overlooked for the Champions Trophy--even once Shoaib and Asif returned in shame--and then was bypassed for the West Indies series. With nowhere to go, Imran Khan's most advocated bowler, hit some form in domestic cricket. In England, Sami had lost his fire and his confidence. But the logic of his late introduction into the squad is that he is certain to play, otherwise why bother?

Sami is a cat who has had his nine lives. This is an unexpected opportunity for the lost Pakistani paceman. His selection, though, sends several signals. First, Sami has been rewarded for a blip of form in domestic cricket. Second, the Pakistan coach and captain have little faith in Samiullah Niazi, else why call up Sami? Third, there is no real talent waiting to burst through and lead the Pakistan bowling attack, else why not experiment now? And finally--and this is a possibility I find most fascinating--perhaps the selectors don't need to blood anybody new because Asif and/or Shoaib will be returning sooner than expected.

Sami, though, needs to send some signals of his own. The smoke that rises from Karachi must say: "I am Mohammad Sami, Pakistan's lost paceman. I have returned with fire in my belly, passion in my heart. My mind is focused, my thinking clear. I will release the shackles that have bound me. I am Mohammad Sami unbound, Pakistan's rediscovered champion. I have returned as Sami the Spearhead not Sami the Sloth. West Indies must beware and Lara will tremble." It might be a long shot but hope is eternal. Is there a final twist to Sami's tale?

Kamran Abbasi is an editor, writer and broadcaster. He tweets here

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  • Vinnie on January 27, 2012, 1:49 GMT

    At last! Soemtnihg clear I can understand. Thanks!

  • sher afzal on April 7, 2007, 14:37 GMT

    A cricketer who plays Gali(street) Cricket in Ajman United Arab Emirates for a few thousand dirham is the so called most talented fast bowler in pakistan. is it not shame & What a charactor he isto play such level of cricket . how did he play without permision from P.C.B . one does not see any international cricketer playing such lowe level of cricket.Was p.c.b sleeping during last ramzan when sami was playing in noght cricket on cement wickets in ajman ,Umul quwain united arab emirates. at least he should thionk of his national pride if not his own future in international cricket before accepting few thousand dirhan offer playing such low level of cricket on cement wicket and P.C.B should ask and ban such players . it is shame that international level cricketer from pakistan take pat in gali cricket , one does see even first class cricketers from other countries playing on this low level.

  • Jith R on December 19, 2006, 23:00 GMT

    Sami was very unlucky in the england tour as caught behind decisions were turned down and the pak wicket keeper cant catch like geriant jones. Sami should just run in and bowl fast. Most of yall say hez over rated. If hez so overrated then how did he take a hattrick in both test and odi. I think Pak coach and higher authorities have not handled him well. Hez a potential match winner for Pakistan

  • raheel on December 11, 2006, 0:02 GMT

    wev gambled with him too mcuh , hes been rubbish since he started , drop him and find talent in the country(not hard to do). call me , i can bowl better than him -slower , but at least i wont have rediculous figures like 10 overs 150 runs for 1 wicket

  • Zohaib Khan on December 4, 2006, 21:03 GMT

    The conundrum that is M. Sami! It is the stupidity of the PCB that a bowler with as much potential as Sami is wasted. Every team has a bowling academy and a coach that works with players, unlike pakistan which recently implemented the system. People doubt his desire and heart, the kid has it all and he is still young. Giving him the oppurtunity to rediscover his touch in the ODI's could be the exact remedy. Players go thru bad patches, look at Inzy. Support him thru thick and thin, which Inzy cannot do. Younis on the other hand is a perfect fit for sami to come and talk to in need for advice. You need experienced senior players to continuously talk to bowlers. Pakistan's history shows that (Imran -> Wasim/Waqar -> Shoaib). Since then there has been no one that could teach and help Sami as we all know that Shoaib works on his own agenda.

    Give him a break. Give him a chance. Gamble on him. On his day he is deadly. On his off day help him thru it, support him. Nothin builds an athletes confidence like his team supporting him thru bad patches. Sami can still be an asset to pakistan, provided that they use him properly.

  • Aftab Qureshi on December 3, 2006, 4:07 GMT

    It is true that Sami's record is not good. But all experts agree thathe has potential. If he really has that, then why does the PCB not do anything about it? After all, he bowls almost as fast as Shoaib. Why cant one of our former greats like Wasim and Waqar, if not Imran, work with him to give him back his lost confidence. I suarely put the responsibility for that lost confidence on the captain, the coach and the selectors. In not so distant a past, we discarded a world class bowler like Aqib Javed. Let's not do it to Sami.

  • Irteza on December 2, 2006, 23:54 GMT

    Honestly speaking, Sami was always in the contention for a recall. After Shoaib, who will wane with age, Sami is the only genuine tearaway fast bowler for Pakistan. When Imran Khan holds him in such a high regard, there must be something in the guy! Agreed that he is the biggest underachiever, yet let us not forget that he has all the arsenal to be a genuine fast bowler..He can swing, reverse swing, seam and york at high speeds. All he needs is to rediscover, somehow, the killing edge that has made Shoaib Akhtar a strike-bowler that he is. Yes, I am a very big fan of genuine fast bowling. That also makes me a big fan of M. SAMI. I pray for his success...

  • RSN on November 29, 2006, 22:01 GMT

    Honestly, watching a Pakistani hurl stitched leather across a patch of dirt hitting three wooden spokes at 95 mph is one of the most satisfying sights in the world. So that's one thing Sami's got. Also, it makes no sense to me that someone with the [unfulfilled] talent of Sami is sidelined when someone with no talent [Razzaq] has one of the most cemented places in the side. Let's face it, Razzaq's bowling is worthless and his batting is ugly and inconsistent. Samis probably the only bowler in Pakistan right now that can still produce absolutely unplayable deliveries. Lastly, Sami’s got attitude. It's something Pakistan cricket has been missing since the attitude heydays of Waqar, Miandad and Aamir Sohail (briefly rekindled by Shoaib). Someone's gotta piss off the Australians and bad mouth the Indians. Sami at least streaks his hair once in a while to keep things exciting. Why not man, our cricketers are such bores!

  • Sultan on November 29, 2006, 17:01 GMT

    Well, i think that Sami has been in his prime form about two years ago, against countries like India. Lets not forget, he is the only Pakistani bowler that has been able to keep up with Shoaib's pace, and in ODI he has been extremely destructive. Although i do agree, at this current form he should not have been chosen, but will we be thinking the same after the match against West Indies? His debut match...he took a breathtaking 5 wicket haul! now i think that shows alot...and seeing asif and shoaib's situation at the moment, i think PCD are right in giving more chances to exploit a new sucessful fast bowler to fill in and lead Pakistan - which Sami can do.

  • yahya bin suleman on November 29, 2006, 16:56 GMT

    ohhh come onn guyss.. wat ya people talking about???... he is an attacking bowler..well this is true that he gives much runs but he is a match winning bowler...well u can take the example of wasim akram in 1992 worldcup....he took the most wickets and gave a lots of runs....also in recent exaples of shan bond and brett lee in champions trophy.. they gave lots of runs but took the match winning wickets..he is like them.. a striking bowler

  • Vinnie on January 27, 2012, 1:49 GMT

    At last! Soemtnihg clear I can understand. Thanks!

  • sher afzal on April 7, 2007, 14:37 GMT

    A cricketer who plays Gali(street) Cricket in Ajman United Arab Emirates for a few thousand dirham is the so called most talented fast bowler in pakistan. is it not shame & What a charactor he isto play such level of cricket . how did he play without permision from P.C.B . one does not see any international cricketer playing such lowe level of cricket.Was p.c.b sleeping during last ramzan when sami was playing in noght cricket on cement wickets in ajman ,Umul quwain united arab emirates. at least he should thionk of his national pride if not his own future in international cricket before accepting few thousand dirhan offer playing such low level of cricket on cement wicket and P.C.B should ask and ban such players . it is shame that international level cricketer from pakistan take pat in gali cricket , one does see even first class cricketers from other countries playing on this low level.

  • Jith R on December 19, 2006, 23:00 GMT

    Sami was very unlucky in the england tour as caught behind decisions were turned down and the pak wicket keeper cant catch like geriant jones. Sami should just run in and bowl fast. Most of yall say hez over rated. If hez so overrated then how did he take a hattrick in both test and odi. I think Pak coach and higher authorities have not handled him well. Hez a potential match winner for Pakistan

  • raheel on December 11, 2006, 0:02 GMT

    wev gambled with him too mcuh , hes been rubbish since he started , drop him and find talent in the country(not hard to do). call me , i can bowl better than him -slower , but at least i wont have rediculous figures like 10 overs 150 runs for 1 wicket

  • Zohaib Khan on December 4, 2006, 21:03 GMT

    The conundrum that is M. Sami! It is the stupidity of the PCB that a bowler with as much potential as Sami is wasted. Every team has a bowling academy and a coach that works with players, unlike pakistan which recently implemented the system. People doubt his desire and heart, the kid has it all and he is still young. Giving him the oppurtunity to rediscover his touch in the ODI's could be the exact remedy. Players go thru bad patches, look at Inzy. Support him thru thick and thin, which Inzy cannot do. Younis on the other hand is a perfect fit for sami to come and talk to in need for advice. You need experienced senior players to continuously talk to bowlers. Pakistan's history shows that (Imran -> Wasim/Waqar -> Shoaib). Since then there has been no one that could teach and help Sami as we all know that Shoaib works on his own agenda.

    Give him a break. Give him a chance. Gamble on him. On his day he is deadly. On his off day help him thru it, support him. Nothin builds an athletes confidence like his team supporting him thru bad patches. Sami can still be an asset to pakistan, provided that they use him properly.

  • Aftab Qureshi on December 3, 2006, 4:07 GMT

    It is true that Sami's record is not good. But all experts agree thathe has potential. If he really has that, then why does the PCB not do anything about it? After all, he bowls almost as fast as Shoaib. Why cant one of our former greats like Wasim and Waqar, if not Imran, work with him to give him back his lost confidence. I suarely put the responsibility for that lost confidence on the captain, the coach and the selectors. In not so distant a past, we discarded a world class bowler like Aqib Javed. Let's not do it to Sami.

  • Irteza on December 2, 2006, 23:54 GMT

    Honestly speaking, Sami was always in the contention for a recall. After Shoaib, who will wane with age, Sami is the only genuine tearaway fast bowler for Pakistan. When Imran Khan holds him in such a high regard, there must be something in the guy! Agreed that he is the biggest underachiever, yet let us not forget that he has all the arsenal to be a genuine fast bowler..He can swing, reverse swing, seam and york at high speeds. All he needs is to rediscover, somehow, the killing edge that has made Shoaib Akhtar a strike-bowler that he is. Yes, I am a very big fan of genuine fast bowling. That also makes me a big fan of M. SAMI. I pray for his success...

  • RSN on November 29, 2006, 22:01 GMT

    Honestly, watching a Pakistani hurl stitched leather across a patch of dirt hitting three wooden spokes at 95 mph is one of the most satisfying sights in the world. So that's one thing Sami's got. Also, it makes no sense to me that someone with the [unfulfilled] talent of Sami is sidelined when someone with no talent [Razzaq] has one of the most cemented places in the side. Let's face it, Razzaq's bowling is worthless and his batting is ugly and inconsistent. Samis probably the only bowler in Pakistan right now that can still produce absolutely unplayable deliveries. Lastly, Sami’s got attitude. It's something Pakistan cricket has been missing since the attitude heydays of Waqar, Miandad and Aamir Sohail (briefly rekindled by Shoaib). Someone's gotta piss off the Australians and bad mouth the Indians. Sami at least streaks his hair once in a while to keep things exciting. Why not man, our cricketers are such bores!

  • Sultan on November 29, 2006, 17:01 GMT

    Well, i think that Sami has been in his prime form about two years ago, against countries like India. Lets not forget, he is the only Pakistani bowler that has been able to keep up with Shoaib's pace, and in ODI he has been extremely destructive. Although i do agree, at this current form he should not have been chosen, but will we be thinking the same after the match against West Indies? His debut match...he took a breathtaking 5 wicket haul! now i think that shows alot...and seeing asif and shoaib's situation at the moment, i think PCD are right in giving more chances to exploit a new sucessful fast bowler to fill in and lead Pakistan - which Sami can do.

  • yahya bin suleman on November 29, 2006, 16:56 GMT

    ohhh come onn guyss.. wat ya people talking about???... he is an attacking bowler..well this is true that he gives much runs but he is a match winning bowler...well u can take the example of wasim akram in 1992 worldcup....he took the most wickets and gave a lots of runs....also in recent exaples of shan bond and brett lee in champions trophy.. they gave lots of runs but took the match winning wickets..he is like them.. a striking bowler

  • Jona on November 29, 2006, 1:15 GMT

    Well i think the name sami is not good for Pakistan Cricket. may be Mohammad Sami and Samiullah Niazi should try their luck in hockey.

  • Faraz on November 29, 2006, 0:25 GMT

    The exclusion of Sami and the likes is with out a doubt, part of the political games being played by the PCB. As I can recall, many prominent names in Pakistan cricket became victim to the selection politics of PCB or BCCP as it was formerly. This body should be run by ex-cricketers and not ex-army officials, ex-diplomats or Musharraf's sidekicks. Currently we are blessed with that nympho Dr. Ashraf...dare I say more here.

    As Pakistanis we like to compare ourselves with the likes of the current Australian team but at home we boast one of the most corrupt organizations in the world in the name of PCB. If I begin to list their crimes.. this blog would run out of space.

    But some current ones cannot be ignored:the current doping scandal created by our very own PCB, the sub-standard pitch for the Karachi test and continued dual standards toward Karachi players are some of the pressing issues.

    Why is Faisal Iqbal not replacing a failing Shoiab Malik or even Inzy. If Ponting does not perform for an innings or two ,the Australian board has a field day with the authorities and the cricketing circles in Australia; but in Pakistan Inzy will calmy rest on his laurels and Malik on the strength of the source that got him in the team...... and nothing will happen.

    Forget Sami replacing anybody...he should be a regular in the side. PCB should show Sami, the same kind of love they have showed to Shoaib or any bowler from Pindi or Vehari. I am appalled at the Pakistani mindset..that they would neglect Imran's view if they are for Sami but accept it as long as it clashes with that of Javed Miandad's.

    On another front Asim Kamal has been time and again left out from the team to give way to some ex-cricketer kin like that waste:Bazid Khan. No body recognizes this, but we have a huge problem in Kamran Akmal with his capabaility as a wicket keeper. If there was a stat such as save percentage that would reflect his capability of preventing runs by good keeping and taking catches, that bloke would be at a pathetic 40%. He keeps on doing a piss poor job and nobody questions his place in the side. Asim Kamal can more than fulfil that role.

    I would like see a blog on the selection biases of PCB and the effect of that on the Pakistan cricket team. We spend so much capital on this one sport that it is evil in itself when the team looses---and that too by way of poor player selection/preparation than just good contest.

    Generally, as Pakistanis, we are so tied up in pulling each other's legs that as a nation we may never prosper...and we should forget about contesting with the high quality teams and their high quality human resources. Shame on us ! AND DONT TELL ME IT AINT SO!

  • Asam on November 28, 2006, 15:25 GMT

    i think evryone on this blog needs 2 stop criticsicing sami as he is our only 90mph bowler left and when he gets his confidence and form back none of you can disagree with me that he will be deadly and feared by everyone

  • Jibran Baig on November 28, 2006, 6:14 GMT

    Personally, I think Pakistani think tank do not know how to efficiently use their resources. I totally agree that Sami has been a waste in the Test matches but he is a more than capable bowler in Odis and has a decent average of 27. He got a raw deal Since the Indian tour of Pakistan; they should have played him in the ODIs but they didn't and lost as Shoaib Akhtar wasn't even there to blast out opponents. Sami has done well in the domestic matches and he has talent; he struggles with his confidence and Pakistani management needs to back him to get it back. As believe it or not 90 miles per hour bowlers doesn't grow on trees in Pakistan; it is not Barbados.

  • Faraz on November 28, 2006, 1:06 GMT

    Suhiab ...Wasim was Javed's pick not Imran's and for the record Imran is still critical of Sami's exclusion from the team...stats sometimes dont do justice to players..so please spare the rest of the lot your passive numbers research. Cricket is more than a game of numbers. I urge all commentators to refrain from bias and Jalisi (jealousy)

  • ali on November 27, 2006, 23:38 GMT

    I am a big sami fan but he has been a dissapointment. From that great yorker against kartik and the bouncer against dravid i thought he had turned the corner. but he flattered to decieve. I think sami's body type is better for odis than tests. i also think sami shud be given the freedom to take wickets rather than stop the flow of runs to take wickets. when u take away a bowlers aggression u take his confidence away. let him bowl 20 no balls in an innings as long as he can produce wickets 5/99. is good because he got 5 wickets. he is not mcGrath. he shud bowl as fast as he can and use his yorkers. i think he wud have been perfect on the karachi pitch bowling straight and fast. but yet again we have to put up with razzaq and even malik. i wud rather see a specialist batsmand and a specialist bowler.

  • SAMI S from Toronto on November 27, 2006, 20:54 GMT

    Just a couple of points to make: 1) Sami should be given one more chance due to no paceman in the Pakistan side. Also because I've seen him play multiple times and he works like a horse and gives full commitment and is a good fielder. Lastly, because there is no Asif, no Akhtar and no spearhead in the current pakistan line up. Umar Gul is a fine bowler who should share the new ball but in no way is intimidating. 2. Mohammad Asif and Shoaib Akhter, I believe will be back and should be back. I mean why does Pakistan humiliate their own image. There have been many international players with higher levels of drug and use and been let off. 3. I want to congratulate Mohammad Yousuf on his outstanding performance. He is an absolute delight to watch and I hope he gets the 46 run in second innings to break the record. 3. If pakistan was going to have spinning and dry tracks then why play Razzaq, it should've been Afridi in the lineup. At least he would've made more runs. And on his day he can win a match for Pakistan all on his own. 4. Inzamam is a great captain. I think Younis will not make a good captain because he more a support person. Like if someone is down he can cheer them up but I don't think he has leadership qualities rather he is likable because of his interpersonal skills. 5. Pakistan should stick with only 3 openers in contention, BUTT and T. Omer are useless, they always get out in the same manner. Farhat needs to be controlled. Hafeez will is good and come good consistently and Yasir Hameed should be give 3 consecutive TEST matches to play to prove his worth. If anyone has watched Yasir Hameed they would know that he is technically sound and extremely smooth with his foot work. On his day he reminds me of Mohammad Yousuf with his cover drives.

    That is all for now. KAMRAN BHAI, PLEASE NEVER STOP THE PAK BLOG BECAUSE IT KEEPS ME BUSY AT WORK.

    Sami

  • A.R.Zaidi on November 27, 2006, 19:03 GMT

    I am a cricket writer and commentator. I have followed cricket since late 1960's. I am of the view that Sami should have been included in Pakistan cricket team in all the test matches against West Indies despite the fact that he has not performed well in the past. In the absence of Shoeb and Asif, Pakistan attack needed a genuine fast bowler of Sami's pace. He could have easily walked in place of Razzaq but Inzi is such a defensive captain so such a decision was not expected from him. I have seen many captains who included out of form fast bowlers hoping that they would get wickets plus they did provide them a psychological edge on their opponents. I am not sure why Inzi lost this edge. Had Sami been utilised in short spells, he surely would have given good results.

  • saqibashfaq on November 27, 2006, 4:29 GMT

    mr abbassi i am really concerned with your findings that their is no upcoming talent for pakistan in fast bowling. Where is Muhammad Irshad known to be clocked at more than 95 miles an hour consistently. i have seen under 19 world cup finals and there were three seamers anwar ali, jamshed and akhter they seemed more than talented to join the current pace attack, certaily more than pcb's sami.

  • Zuhair on November 27, 2006, 4:25 GMT

    I hope he doesnt play. He just adds a burden to the team. He cant even bowl good enough on bouncy fast tracks abroad, so why should we expect him to do wonders here in karachi?? His career now MUST end. He is the most over-played cricketer (test matches) during the last decade at least, if not all time!! He doesn’t have a smooth action; there are so many technical flaws in him as a fast bowler. His seam position isn’t good either, neither is his jump at the crease. If we have to choose between Razzaq and Sami then Razzaq is an automatic choice because I believe he bowls better than Sami, and we all know how well can he bat to save matches.

  • anees on November 26, 2006, 19:23 GMT

    thiis is the same sami who made pieterson jump all over the place in 1 of his spells this summer, bob and inzi try to bog him down like they tried to do to shoaib, cut his run up and bowl line and length, sami should do what shoaib did and ignore all that and bowl like he wants to, in that spell younis told him bowl however you want and the result? pieterson got a working over on the shoulder and somewhere else too i cant remember where hes one of my favourite bowlers and is still a decent odi bowler if not test,

  • john Beamish on November 26, 2006, 17:32 GMT

    This is for the gentleman who fancies the chances of his mother against Sami. I have seen Sami bowl in county cricket, and I have seen him take 8 wickets (in an inning if memory serves) against a fairly strong batting lineup, making the batsmen jump and causing general mayhem. I wouldn't bat against him, never mind my mother. His captain should tell him: "Sami here's the new ball. Now bowl as fast as you can and don't worry about anything else."

  • adnaan haq on November 26, 2006, 14:06 GMT

    I think that Pakistan have screwed Sami over. First they want him to bowl really quick but also keep his line and length right. He is young and will learn, just as Akhtar did many years into his career. Then, they wanted him to bowl slower but get his line and length right, which is not him. Pakistan have hung him out to dry, do not blame him!

  • Wajid on November 26, 2006, 13:03 GMT

    Sami has been thhhhhhhhhhe most un-luckiest bowler! He deserves all the chances that have been given to him. On his day, he'll quieten all you critics! In the absence of Shoaib and Asif, he is the man to watch but you have to be there to console him and encourage him not boo him! He is yet to touch his peak YE BE WARNED :) Good luck to SAMI! & Pakistan!

  • Mustafa Moiz on November 26, 2006, 12:25 GMT

    Sami is only 25. Wasim Akram played the 1992 World Cup almost at 26 and Imran Khan was at his best at about 27-28.

  • s zulfiqar on November 26, 2006, 8:45 GMT

    he is good having all atrributes of a fast bowler.it only that he was bit unluckly. remember aqib javed and his record. i mean statistics is not the everything you have to look for something more than that to pass a judement on some one lets be stright he is no wasim or waqar but he is somewhare near aaqib. let him serve the country. imean ofcourse not at the expense of someone more desarving than him. merit is a subjecting thing again that old debate of statistics only or other considerations as well. if you go for all factors arguments than i thing it is a step in right dirction.

  • Raza Zaidi on November 26, 2006, 8:14 GMT

    No amount of fire in the belly and passion in the heart can earn you success if skill is lacking. I'm tired of hearing about the potential and speed... and that his only problem is lack of confidence. Let's face it people! Sami lacks skill. It is there for all to see. No line, no length, no swing, no variation...nothing. I've said it before and I'd say it again...Imran Khan is wrong about Sami. He couldn't get my mother out if his life depended on it.

  • syed zulfiqar on November 26, 2006, 8:09 GMT

    he has everything pace, movements,yorker,bouncers and ofcourse revrse swing.Ithink what he lacks in are mental strenghts and luck .i hope this time round he will prove his worth.

  • Qasim on November 26, 2006, 6:00 GMT

    I am pretty sure that M.Asif and maybe Akhtar will be back before the South Africa tour... there are signs that PCB want to bring back both the players, one sign being that they are rushing to a judgement on the case (as appointed out by Kamran).

    And as for Sami being included in the team.. you people are saying that his form is good in the domestic season? I just read that he got knocked in the current domestic trophy by a domestic batsman.... I can't even imagine what Gayle and Lara will do to him!!

    PCB should take hold of this oppertunity and try out Samiuallah Niazi! Who knows, he may turn out to be a future talent....

  • Awais Misri on November 26, 2006, 5:06 GMT

    I'm sorry Faraz, but I too am from Karachi, and still think Mohd. Sami is useless. 10 man Pakistan vs an 11 man West Indies and Lara in full flow...o forget about winning, lets hope we lose repsectfully. (secretly i'm hoping Sami can make me eat my words but yea, until then, i think niazi should be played instead of sami)

  • Suhaib Jalis Ahmed on November 26, 2006, 4:36 GMT

    Sami has a career bowling average of 48.36 in 28 test matches. His strike rate is 81.9 (we're talking about bowling strike rate!). This year he has an average of 58. I think that the PCB has just given him too many chances, and it seems the reason was simply that Imran saw "greatness" in Sami. Imran has been known to spot talent early (e.g. Wasim and Inzi), but he can't be right about everything. I think that Karachi should be Sami's last chance. The selectors can find adequate pacemen and openers, provided they actually watch the first-class matches. THey aren't doning that right now !

  • Wasim Alim on November 26, 2006, 4:29 GMT

    Seems like most people are not giving Sami due credit. Sami is a very special bowler. There have been a handful of bowlers in the history who can bowl 90+ mph and Sami is one of them. Stats can be misleading, you have to watch this man bowl to really apreciate his talent. He is one of the most unlucky bowlers with so many dropped catches, close lbw calls, etc. Bowlers on the other end get advantage.

    His abilities were showcased well in 2005 Bangalore test against India.

  • shafqat on November 26, 2006, 4:05 GMT

    betting on Sami coming good is like betting on the lottery! he might come good and you are a huge winneer, or he might be a dud and you have egg on your face! the only man who can sort this out is Sami! good luck with him coming good!!

  • Faraz on November 25, 2006, 21:46 GMT

    Let me clear the air over this anti-Sami propaganda: Sami has been restrained by none other than the very influential Inzy...we all know Inzy's extent of passiveness. It was Inzy who advised Sami to extract swing by reducing a few yards on his pace in english conditions and confused this talented individual. It is quite surprising to read some of the commentators here referring to Sami as disappointment-- these very individuals are the one who would back the inclusion of players from sialkot or pindi but no sir...if it comes to a player from Karachi--then they resort to philisophical overtones to undermine a professional athlete. These very people are the scourge of Pakistan cricket. Let me not digress any further...Sami has outclassed a fine indian batting order in the 2005 tour of India single handedly. Sami possesess a clean action, is a very fair sportsman and brings value to cricket and Pakistan team. His batting has also come in handy on more than just a few ocassions. Sami back in the team w/o pressure from Inzy to bowl slower is good news for Pakistan and very bad news for the rest of the world. Pakistan Zindabad Pakistan Paindabad

  • Mahsam on November 25, 2006, 19:47 GMT

    I think Sami should have been in the side from the very start of this windies series.Razzak does not deserve to be in the test side.I think he was unlucky in England.His stats would have been better with a little support from the catchers.Before England I think he bowled wonderfully well in India in the absence of Shoaib.Sami is the fastest bowler we have after Shoaib and definately should be in the side.Im sure he will prove his critics rong this time.HAVE SOME FAITH PEOPLE!

  • ABSAR KHAN on November 25, 2006, 19:30 GMT

    Sami is going through a bad patch so itz not good to select him now,although he is not performing frequently well from his national so how could he bowl against the best batting side in the world.Its just a matter to ends up his career if hes not going to perform well which is very much prominent.dunt play ur politics with young SAMI.

  • John Beamish on November 25, 2006, 18:32 GMT

    Any bowler who's capable of bowling in excess of 90mph is special and must be persevered with. They don't come that often and how they're handled is crucial. Perhaps a session with a sports shrink is what's needed, but to consign Sami to the dustbin of a failed test player when he's still south of thirty would be a shame.

  • Imran Malik on November 25, 2006, 16:50 GMT

    Sami hasn't set the world on fire, but their were spells, notably in the 3rd test when Inzi was off the field when he bowled with pace & menace. In the other spells it seems like he was told to bowl slower line/length stuff,he's not that type of bowler. A bowler has to play their game & not change it, you don't see Brett Lee trying to bowl like McGrath becoz it wouldn't work for him- & on that subject he's not been that good a bowler at test level but it gives the Aussie attack balance. I'm sure it helps Mcgrath that he has a quick bowler at the other end. Back to Sami, yes his confidence was visibly down in England but no one mentions the fact that we had a keeper who couldn't catch a beach ball on that tour. How many times did Akmal let Gul and Sami down with dolly's dropped, why no scrutiny on him. As a bowler thats the last thing you need when your confidence isn't there. Why wasn't a senior player standing next to him at mid on/off like Imran/Wasim/Waqar/Javed used to do and advising/encouraging him. And we are always last to implement change, look what Troy Cooley did for Englands bowlers, they looked naff till he took over, it'll take time for Waqar to develop these boys- although the positive signs seem there with Gul/Shahid Nazir et al. And as for Razzak, he can't bat to save his life- 2 good innings yes (last test & India away series one) but on bowlers graveyards. He looks absolutely awful against good bowlers on decent pitches, is pathetic against spin & scared of medium fast bowling, no footwork, stuck in crease, poor forward defence,caught behind on stock deliveries time & again, bowled through gate too often... need i go on. Can't bat( in tests), his bowling is ordinary, where is he ranked in both aspects of the game. Play specialist bowlers & batters instead of mediocre allrounders. If your top 6 batters can't score runs, then drop them. We need 4 frontline bowlers & genuine allrounder, Shahid Afridi (poor shot selection, & current lack of form aside) being the only class allrounder I see in our squad- well actually I'd like Yasser Arafat given his chance there too. Can bowl V high 80's & looked quite compact with his batting. But it's only my view, I'm not an expert on the technical aspect of game. But I want to encourage discussion so that the team can go to the next level & start challenging the big boys on their green, seaming bouncy turfs & not just pitches made for chicken hearted batsman, who then go on & pretend that they want competetive pitches.

  • Euceph Ahmed on November 25, 2006, 16:49 GMT

    Kamran, you're so forever suspicious of the PCB that it's sometimes funny. Your fascination with the PCB somehow scheming to bring Asif and Shoaib back seems to me to stem from a false hope on your part. C'mon, admit it, you want them back, don't you? Don't you?

    As for Sami, it could well be a one-off sort of a decision on the part of the captain and the coach. I think it's a smart decision if it is. The strip is usually grassy at Karachi, the conditions are breezy, and it is Sami's home ground. He also might be a bit more motivated after the lay-off. So let's see the obvious before thinking of plots and counter-plots. Even after a good performance at Karachi, Sami doesn't look like becoming a permanent part of the team. It seems to me that he has lost the opportunity for that. Having said that, I believe that he has his utility and should be included whenever and wherever conditions suit him.

  • Raza on November 25, 2006, 16:02 GMT

    There are not many bowlers who are able hit that 150 kmph mark, and we all know that Sami is capable of doing that as he has proved in the past. Sami was never really our most attacking bowler, he has played more of a supporting role to Shoaib Akhtar and Rana Naved ul Hasan, except, he's more of an attacking supporting bowler. But in these circumstances, he's got to play the leading role. One thing is for sure though, he has to forget all that adjusting to the line and length stuff in which his speed dropped by 10-15 kmph. Even if he bags about 2-3 wickets per inning from the top order, that would be enough contribution from him. And mashallah his late domestic cricket form has been good. What he has to remember now is that, the past was the past, and the current situation is completely different, he has been given a chance (once again) and this time inshallah he has to prove himself.

    For Sami to be effective, Inzamam has to use him correctly, in the past Sami was just given long spells to bowl and at the end Sami would be bowling huge wides, no balls etc.

    A lot of people will critisize the selectors for this decision, but looking at the last Test and the ineffectiveness of the Pakistani Fast bowlers, they probably thought Sami should be given a chance considering possibly the fact that none of the domestic league bowlers are of Test Cricket standard.

    On a note, Rana Naved ul Hasan should also be selected again, his bad form can only be improved by International cricket.

  • Muhammad Umair on November 25, 2006, 15:19 GMT

    i think sami cannot prove himself to be a kind of bowler who can destroy the opponents. he has taken around 70 wickets in about 28 tests with a high average of 48. a bowler of modern age cannot stay in the team if he does not perform well.

  • Mustafa Moiz on November 25, 2006, 14:45 GMT

    Finally they pick him again. I don't think Samiullah Niazi should go. The selectors have made some mistakes. Sami should play in place of Shahid Nazir who was lucky to get this chance and Yasir Hameed should play for Farhat. Sami will rip out the West Indian batsman. He bowled well in the third Test against England and was then dropped.

  • Ghalib Taimur on November 25, 2006, 14:23 GMT

    Well...if Sami is in the squad he has got to play.Theres no point of keeping him on the sidelines as his confidence wil just go lower than it already is. When he first came onto the scene we all thought this guys the next big thing.However he has failed to live upto the expectations.Just to give him some credit i do think he has been a little unlucky as lots of his catches have been dropped and also umpires have been a little harsh against him. In the second last test in England Sami showed some signs of improvement but was taken out of the team the next game which was very bad for his confidence.You have to give him some time after making a comeback. In the absence of Akhtar and Asif this man could be the one to rise to the occasion and we do need someone who can bowl with pace.I just hope he doesn't bowl the wide and short crap.

  • omar hussain on November 25, 2006, 14:21 GMT

    Mohammad Sami is the fastest bowler we have after Shoaib Akhtar and it surprises me why he has not devloped after his early promise.Still a bowler who can bowl at 90.mph can be very lethal if all clicks for him.But both Nazir and Gul have done well and though Razaq has not bowled well he is too gifted a player to be dropped.I think perhaps we need to sacrifice a batsman,Malik, to boost our pace attack.Farhat has shown signs of grafting and deserves a place.Who knows Sami could have found the tranquilty Yousuf has found.Allah grants!!! and good luck to a fast bowler who has the killer instinct.

  • Dinakar on November 25, 2006, 14:14 GMT

    I am really not too sure why so much of venom against Sami. One his day he can be the most fearsome bowler. I couldn't forget forver the spell he bowled on a last day in Newzeland. What about his bowling to Indians in Bangalore to beat my own team? He is awesome. May be slightly short on confidence but never short on energy or commitment. He did has fire in his belly. Or else how could he bowl at 150kmph?

  • Aqif on November 25, 2006, 14:08 GMT

    Sami's selection is due to the growing worry about the Pakistan side not having a genuine, lethal helmet breaking pace bowler. This is for what the Pakistani bowling has been known for, since imran. With Shoaib almost out, Sami is the only current option. Worth a shot I say. Last one though!

  • Ali Hassan Lodhi on November 25, 2006, 14:08 GMT

    I have solution of the problem called "Muhammad Sami". Selectors instead of picking him for international cricket, should sit by his side and tell him "Man you need to go back to domestic cricket and think that you are learning how to bowl from point zero. Learn the basics like Seam position, Swing, Seam movement and the techniques to put batsman under pressure and get him out". This would be the best thing selectors can do to Sami. Have a great day.

  • rizwan on November 25, 2006, 13:57 GMT

    Sami...well i hope for his sake he his able to rediscover some of his best from...inshallah.

  • rizwan on November 25, 2006, 13:55 GMT

    Sami...well i hope for his sake he his able to rediscover some of his best from...inshallah.

  • Saleem Inam on November 25, 2006, 13:50 GMT

    Selectors should dig a hole and burry them into it after selecting Sami once again

  • Irfan Maan on November 25, 2006, 13:50 GMT

    i am shocked to hear about his return to squad as pakistan should go for new talent like samiullah niazi, i don't know how is new guy but he must be tested before going to south africa.

  • murtaza on November 25, 2006, 13:45 GMT

    I think Sami´s career is over, he got lot of chances to proof his ability but he could not do. Because his performance in first test was a flock. Every body was impress of speed, I belive that he is nothing more then club bowler. Umer Gul is showing the class of great Wasim Akram and taking wickets regulerly. I agree with safwan that" Sami is the worst performer in the history of Pakistan cricket.He is hopeless and worst bowler a game of cricket ever had.I wonder why and how selectors can select such a bowler for any team. Abdul razaq is much better choice then worst Sami, Razaq is a stock bowler and sami(we call) strike, Its not surprise for me that Again Pakistani selectors are making wrong dicision.

  • Sunny on November 25, 2006, 13:35 GMT

    Sami is hopeless,useless,ineffective performer.Selectors can't even qoute even a single match when he performed.I am amazed by the lack of sense of selectors.

  • usman on November 25, 2006, 13:23 GMT

    I do not want to be repetitive but I have to..PCB has this pool of players that they have to choose from in the next 10 years these same players will come around time in and time out...just look at nazir how long has he been hanging around for same with sami...oh no we cant give niazi a chance he is too young ..every one is not born with experience..so lets wait on a hail marry from sami once Again

  • SAFWAN on November 25, 2006, 13:17 GMT

    Sami is the worst performer in the history of Pakistan cricket.He is hopeless and worst bowler a game of cricket ever had.I wonder why and how selectors can select such a bowler for any team.

  • Kabir on November 25, 2006, 13:16 GMT

    I doubt Sami will make any contribution.He is not the guy for Pakistan.He has never been able to take his game to another level. Again Pakistani selectors are making wrong dicision.

  • JAVED A. KHAN, MONTREAL, CANADA on November 25, 2006, 13:15 GMT

    KAMRAN ABBASSI you deserve to be the Chairman or the Chief Selector of the PCB. I wonder why those dummies sitting up there can't see it the way you and a few other cricket lovers can see and assess the team's performances as well as the individual players' strength and weakness.

    Sami's call back surprised everyone and I am wondering whether it was at the spur of the moment decision upon seeing Razzaq's poor performance? Razzaq's first innings 16* in 92 balls was a pathetic display .......but then he wiped off the tail, 2 wickets in 3 balls. Still not good enough to justify his place for the third test with a continuous low form. But, his second innings 80 albeit slow yet it was a match saving partnership with Yousuf. This may put them in a awkward situation to choose between the experienced and the inexperienced, between a full time bowler and an all-rounder.

    This is to be seen whether the captain and coach will keep Razzaq in the team or award his place to Sami or the wrath falls on your un-swung hero Shahid Nazir? That will be too harsh on Shahid Nazir. As regards Samiullah Niazi, they may still keep him on the shores as he has not been tested in the high seas Or they play safe and keep the same team for Karachi. In that case the twister that never threatened the Caribbean sailors will pass by without doing any damage to the coast of Karachi.. Whether it move towards South Africa or fades away in to oblivion is to be seen in the next few days.

    Such is the mentality of our selectors, so what can one do?

    I would like to invoke this thought among our readers here to suggest their views about getting competent people in the Selection Board rather than government appointed dummies. A public opinion forum such as this would add some weight and pressure on them. I really appreciate Kamran's Blog, it is a good thing to promote cricket by involving a lot of people to voice their opinions as media reports are only one man's views - the author but this is the VOICE OF THE PEOPLE..

  • ABDUL MOIZ SAFDAR on November 25, 2006, 13:07 GMT

    I wonder on what performance basis Sami is given chance once again.He even does not deserve to be in Zimbabve team.Come on West Indies you stand a good chance to level the series with his toothles and totally impotant bowling

  • NOMAN PALEKAR on November 25, 2006, 13:04 GMT

    I think sami is the most lucky cricketer in the history of Pakistan cricket.A team in which players have been dropped inspite of being in excellent form and performing well,he has got another and yet another chance.In my openion the selectors ,coach and the captain are looking for a genuine fast bowling option in Sami after the loss of Shoaib,and I believe when Imran Khan considers sami as one of the assets of Pakistan cricket then there is something in this bowler,the only thing is to prove it and Sami himself has to prove by his performance.The other thing to note before considering Sami a failure is that he is the bowler who has suffered a great deal from lack of fielding support.The cathes dropped on his bowling are in dozens.So although he has been lacking the performance he is expected of,in last few months but I think this last chance can prove to be a twist in his carrier.

  • Daniyal on November 25, 2006, 12:54 GMT

    I was a huge Sami fan and to some degree still am. I keep hoping he finds the destructive pace that made him but his last few outings have been short of the pace Imran Khan keeps raving about. I don't recall him having bowled in the 90 mph range for a few years now plus his line is too wide and his length too short. I don't claim to be a cricketing expert neither can I be touted as a club class cricketer but the flaws in Sami are there for all to see he's simply put a stupid bowler. No number of sessions with Imran Khan or Waseem or Waqar can cure stupidity. He's bowled short and wide for a good five years now he probably thinks that's how one's supposed to bowl. I can see Sehwag salvating at the mouth wishing he was part of the West Indian team.

  • Mawali on November 25, 2006, 12:47 GMT

    Mr. Abbasi, you sound like a preacher today. I almost chanted Halleluiah! Anyhow the point you make is a legitimate one. This dude is in the line of several pakistani players who are painful to watch. How can a bowler approach, the crease, bend his head down and bowl. That is M. Sami for you. This most definately should be his last hurrah, then M. Sami should join a culinary school and become a bakery chef. As for M. Asif and Shoaik coming back, well they should have never left anyway. This whole thing is a farce, certified by the experts that the whole collection proccess was flawed. tainted evidence, no case!. Peace!

  • SAFDAR HUSSAIN on November 25, 2006, 12:46 GMT

    I don't believe once again SAMI is recalled,this man is totally useless and gives opposite batsmen plenty of runs and confidence to settle.He will take couple of wickets at the cost more than 100 runs that is his performance throughout his career.Please please keep him away he is worst than a part time bowler.

  • Owais Ahmad on November 25, 2006, 12:45 GMT

    I would want Sami to succeed, however, given the past record, seems highly unlikely that he will take off this time around. I also think it would have been much better to give him a longer break from the game and try out fresh faces like Niazi or a couple very talented bowlers from recently successful under-19 team (few of them were extremely impressive). I do understand Inzy's philosophy though, which is to depend on players that have shown unity and have been part of winning combination in past couple of years.

  • Vajahat Banday on November 25, 2006, 12:38 GMT

    I have been following Pakistan cricket for last 25 years and in my opinion, Sami is the most overrated bowler ever to play for Pakistan. I have greatest respect for Imran, but I get surprised when he keeps on supporting the pedantic Sami. Definitely good luck to Pakistan because they will have a lackluster performer in their playing 11.

  • Mas on November 25, 2006, 12:33 GMT

    I am personally still a fan of Mohammad. His decline over the past three years seems to have coincided with his ankle injury he picked up at Kent. Since his return, his action has not flowed, certainly his delivery stride has become a shuffle rather than a final leap. This has probably caused him to lose ryhthm, length and pace, when played an ODI at old trafford in 2003, he got upto 97.5mph, the future of the pace attack was very roasy. Sami has neither received the public backing of the PCB and fans, or the correct coaching back up. On Sami's part I think he felt he should be bowling at his best right after his injury, perhaps he should have been more patient, and when it didn't happen for him stright away like it did on his debut, he started to lose the plot. The underlying issue with him is confidence, he has all the tools, and is still young enough to have a fantastic test career. If we all back him, we will see the best of him. Welldone to the PCB for backing him to the hilt, with a fit and available attack to Sami,Gul,Rana,Shabbir with Shoaib and Asif to return, the future is bright, the future's green. Pakistan Zindabad

  • Imran Mohammed on November 25, 2006, 12:24 GMT

    I don't think its fair to give Sami yet another chance to prove himself. Not yet anyway. The domestic success of Samiullah warrants his selection, and what harm can be done by trying him out? There is no way any new bowler could have as bad a time with the ball as Sami. Its sad to think that the PCB are favouring Sami again and again only because Imran Khan is insistent that Sami will come good despite his form. Although your comment on Shoaib/Asif returning is a little farfetched, many Pakistani fans are praying that these two spearheads can be allowed to play again.

  • Atif on November 25, 2006, 12:18 GMT

    Zimbabwe and Bangladesh need some more talent and experience then Pakistan so please spare sami to any one of them and earn some good wishes...

  • Ajmal on November 25, 2006, 12:04 GMT

    I cant believe what the selectors have done, how can they recall sami, without giving samiullah niazi a chance. But i do miss sami and hope he finds that destructive form that has deserted him of late.

  • Waq on November 25, 2006, 12:03 GMT

    I agree that Sami must make a statement of intent, but I doubt that he has the capability to do so. His performance woes stem from well before England - he suffers from a love for pace, and bowls short, wide "hit me" balls. Relative to the other bowlers, he swings it much less too... Probably a wasted opportunity to have him play. The team should have tried out new talent.

  • SQUARE_CUT on November 25, 2006, 12:03 GMT

    sami should no where be near the pakistan side, he has had more chances then anyone i can think off, its about time we forgot about sami. im sorry to say but he is absolutely useless.

  • Armughan on November 25, 2006, 11:56 GMT

    Well Its not the coach and Captain, its the slectors. They are now picking up the playing eleven too. I don't know how you make a decision like that when you are in Qaddafi Stadium and the match is in NSK. How do they know the mental and physical fitness of players and their strengths for that particular pitch. Now the recall, terrible to say the least. It is more of playing Shoaib Muhammad in a super six game, those who have seen him bat like I did in my childhood, would know exactly what I mean. After over half a decade of failures, I think this guy doesn't deserve another chance. Give it to Niazi or Arafat or Rao, someone new. He will probbly be opening the bowling, Nazir first change who will have to be the riot control police as Gayle is likely to annihilate Mr.Sami , anything other then that will be a more then pleasent shock. Good luck Team Pakistan, with this selection committee and Board, you better hope for some miracle.

  • tariq on November 25, 2006, 11:54 GMT

    i am worried by the "there is no real talent waiting to burst through and lead the Pakistan bowling attack" comment but not overly so because when have the PCD ever followed conventional logic. if sami is the future of Pak cricket then God help us all.

  • Umair Naeem on November 25, 2006, 11:53 GMT

    Agree with the comments, Kamran. Personally I felt that Sami was a lucky boy that he has this oppurtunity again, as it is vital for Pak to have a proper fast bowler ready before the world cup. But for that he really has to rediscover those flashes that made him so promising and deliver consistently. Secondly, I have seen Samiullah Niazi bowl, and I really wanted him to be played at least one test in the series. Hopefully Karachi will be a bit of a seaming track and they'll play samiullah instead of Razzaq.

  • Shehzad Ghani on November 25, 2006, 11:50 GMT

    You really think something like this can change this quickly? Keep hoping. (although I hope I am wrong, being an ex-Sami fan).

  • Ali on November 25, 2006, 11:49 GMT

    Oh come on!!!! Replacing a lacklustre Razzak with a deflated Sami is hardly the dose PAK needs to win the series... Niazi on the other hand is fresh & will definitely have more hunger than Sami. It would be stupid not give Niazi a chance here so we can decide whether to take him to SA.

  • monty on November 25, 2006, 11:47 GMT

    I hope sami bowls fast like he used to .In england he tried to cut down on pace and bowl the mohammad asif sort of way.Thats not sami's weapon.

  • Jinn on November 25, 2006, 11:46 GMT

    i think you give this man way too much credit..we've waited so long, hes the worlds biggest disapointment, he hasnt got what it takes to be a champion bowler...as far as im concerned all this means is we will be playing with 10 men on monday. And Guls gonna be the one who suffers because when samis first ten overs go for 60 plus, then for the rest of the match its Gul who'll have to make up for him. Not fair on Gul, Not fair on Nazir and not fair on Pakistan... so tell me, who you gotta be related to, to get so many chances???

  • Hashaam Raja on November 25, 2006, 10:01 GMT

    Personally for me Sami is like afridi, u look forward to them both playing and leaving the opposition frightened and when they don't you think what are they doing in the team. I sincerely hope sami plays as i feel he has always had the ability to take many wickets, his downfll is that leaks way too many runs, once he has sorted this out he should be a formidable bowler. Hopefully he will now take a stand and become pakistans feared spearhead just like shoaib.

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  • Hashaam Raja on November 25, 2006, 10:01 GMT

    Personally for me Sami is like afridi, u look forward to them both playing and leaving the opposition frightened and when they don't you think what are they doing in the team. I sincerely hope sami plays as i feel he has always had the ability to take many wickets, his downfll is that leaks way too many runs, once he has sorted this out he should be a formidable bowler. Hopefully he will now take a stand and become pakistans feared spearhead just like shoaib.

  • Jinn on November 25, 2006, 11:46 GMT

    i think you give this man way too much credit..we've waited so long, hes the worlds biggest disapointment, he hasnt got what it takes to be a champion bowler...as far as im concerned all this means is we will be playing with 10 men on monday. And Guls gonna be the one who suffers because when samis first ten overs go for 60 plus, then for the rest of the match its Gul who'll have to make up for him. Not fair on Gul, Not fair on Nazir and not fair on Pakistan... so tell me, who you gotta be related to, to get so many chances???

  • monty on November 25, 2006, 11:47 GMT

    I hope sami bowls fast like he used to .In england he tried to cut down on pace and bowl the mohammad asif sort of way.Thats not sami's weapon.

  • Ali on November 25, 2006, 11:49 GMT

    Oh come on!!!! Replacing a lacklustre Razzak with a deflated Sami is hardly the dose PAK needs to win the series... Niazi on the other hand is fresh & will definitely have more hunger than Sami. It would be stupid not give Niazi a chance here so we can decide whether to take him to SA.

  • Shehzad Ghani on November 25, 2006, 11:50 GMT

    You really think something like this can change this quickly? Keep hoping. (although I hope I am wrong, being an ex-Sami fan).

  • Umair Naeem on November 25, 2006, 11:53 GMT

    Agree with the comments, Kamran. Personally I felt that Sami was a lucky boy that he has this oppurtunity again, as it is vital for Pak to have a proper fast bowler ready before the world cup. But for that he really has to rediscover those flashes that made him so promising and deliver consistently. Secondly, I have seen Samiullah Niazi bowl, and I really wanted him to be played at least one test in the series. Hopefully Karachi will be a bit of a seaming track and they'll play samiullah instead of Razzaq.

  • tariq on November 25, 2006, 11:54 GMT

    i am worried by the "there is no real talent waiting to burst through and lead the Pakistan bowling attack" comment but not overly so because when have the PCD ever followed conventional logic. if sami is the future of Pak cricket then God help us all.

  • Armughan on November 25, 2006, 11:56 GMT

    Well Its not the coach and Captain, its the slectors. They are now picking up the playing eleven too. I don't know how you make a decision like that when you are in Qaddafi Stadium and the match is in NSK. How do they know the mental and physical fitness of players and their strengths for that particular pitch. Now the recall, terrible to say the least. It is more of playing Shoaib Muhammad in a super six game, those who have seen him bat like I did in my childhood, would know exactly what I mean. After over half a decade of failures, I think this guy doesn't deserve another chance. Give it to Niazi or Arafat or Rao, someone new. He will probbly be opening the bowling, Nazir first change who will have to be the riot control police as Gayle is likely to annihilate Mr.Sami , anything other then that will be a more then pleasent shock. Good luck Team Pakistan, with this selection committee and Board, you better hope for some miracle.

  • SQUARE_CUT on November 25, 2006, 12:03 GMT

    sami should no where be near the pakistan side, he has had more chances then anyone i can think off, its about time we forgot about sami. im sorry to say but he is absolutely useless.

  • Waq on November 25, 2006, 12:03 GMT

    I agree that Sami must make a statement of intent, but I doubt that he has the capability to do so. His performance woes stem from well before England - he suffers from a love for pace, and bowls short, wide "hit me" balls. Relative to the other bowlers, he swings it much less too... Probably a wasted opportunity to have him play. The team should have tried out new talent.