Pakistan news September 25, 2010

'I am better than my stats suggest' - Sami

ESPNcricinfo staff

Mohammad Sami, the Pakistan fast bowler, is targeting a return to the national team for the series against South Africa in the UAE in October, and the World Cup early next year. Sami last made an international appearance in May, during the World Twenty20 in the Caribbean, and has been out of reckoning since. However, with the uncertainty over the availability of fast bowlers Mohammad Amir and Mohammad Asif following the spot-fixing controversy, Sami could be in the frame for a comeback.

"I've not taken much time off during the off season and have been working hard on my game at the Rashid Latif Cricket Academy, as well as training on my own," Sami told "I want to ensure that I am 100% ready when the new season starts. I am hopeful that the hard work will pay off and I can be given another chance for Pakistan."

Sami began his international career on a high, grabbing eight wickets on Test debut in 2001, against New Zealand in Auckland, and a hat-trick against Sri Lanka in Lahore in his third game. He formed a promising opening bowling combination with Shoaib Akhtar, and was tipped for a bright future, but failed to meet expectations, averaging 50.73 in 34 Tests to date.

"Sometimes statistics don't always tell the full story," Sami said. "I don't want to offer excuses, but those that have followed my career will appreciate that I have not had the best of luck. I am a better bowler than my statistics suggest and I will prove that in the coming months and years if given the opportunity.

Sami was dropped from the national team in 2007 and he went on to participate in the unauthorised Indian Cricket League before returning to the official fold. Since his return, he has played just one Test, the controversial defeat against Australia in Sydney in January. "I was given one opportunity in Australia and took three wickets in the first innings. I removed the top three Australian batsmen and felt in good shape, but then I never played in the next match. I'm desperate to be given another chance and to show what I can do, if given a decent run in the side."

Sami, currently the captain of the domestic team Karachi Blues, has a significantly better ODI record, averaging 28.44 for his 118 wickets. Selection to the 2011 World Cup squad means more to him than just making an international comeback. "The memory of the 2007 World Cup still haunts all of the squad," he said. The tournament itself was a disaster for Pakistan cricket and of course Bob Woolmer's death was heart-breaking for all of us. I want to put that terrible tournament behind me and to make the 2011 World Cup a success for Pakistan."

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  • bharath74 on September 29, 2010, 19:40 GMT

    Sami definitely deserves a place, he is not used properly by pak.

  • Akhtar on September 29, 2010, 9:25 GMT

    To Shah-Ji, Please make your records and statistics correct. Which 12 test are you talking about when Sami brought Pakistan on the verge of victory. Sami never took 10W in a match in his 34 tests. In 62 innings he took 5W just twice against weak New Zealand sides and never against any other side, not even against Zimbabwe. If you think that a bowler can bring a side on the verge victory with two or three wickets in a match then you are sadly mistaken.In 1979/80 series against India Imran was the best Pakistani bowler even when he was half fit. He played in five test but bowled less than Sikander on bowler friendly wickets. Ehtishamiddin was the second best bowler of that series although he was given chance in three test only. I am not taking anything away from Sikander as he also bowled well and he was the third best bowler of Pakistan side. Sarfaraz was never selected for that series.

  • Azim on September 28, 2010, 15:07 GMT

    Muddsar Nazar completed 100 weakets in ODI before Sarfraz and Imran does it mean Muddsar was a better bowler than Imran and Sarfraz? Any bowler who has shared new ball with 2Ws becomes an automatic choice for Pakistan's strike bowling.

    If Tendulker was ever used as a new ball bowler then comparison is correct other wise comparing Tendulker and Sami is like comparing Apple and Orange!

  • Yousuf on September 27, 2010, 23:50 GMT


    Too many people talk of too many chances ,with out looking at facts.

    34 tests played 12 tests He clearly brought Pakistan to Victory or on the verge of victory.............

    Does Imran, Shoaib , Fazal , Waseem or Waqar have this ratio. Only difference is that He did not declare himself unfit on batting paradise wickets . and Did get rare chances to bowl in Australia,Newzeland Engaln and South Africa. Whenevere He got ,He brought victory ......

  • aNWAR on September 27, 2010, 23:21 GMT

    Common, half of his (would be wickets) catches were dropped.

  • Azim on September 27, 2010, 20:22 GMT

    "Sami is a better bowler than what his stats suggest" Mark Taylor - 2nd Test 2010 Sydney AUS

  • Amir on September 27, 2010, 16:52 GMT

    Sami is trying out his luck now by claiming that he's working hard, poor him..He doesnt deserve a chance to come back to the team at all..He should be ashamed that mohammad amir became a better bowler than him and he's only 18,it needs one to put an effort and use their mind, where as sami got the opportunity to play with wasim, waqar and akhter at his peak. He still couldn't learn anything. He should forget about being back..8 years is too much i wouldnt have given him more than 3, after he started sucking big time.Remember batsmen do make mistakes and thats the only time he got wickets..thats why he has a over 50 average in 30 matches.I wouldnt disagree that he didnt bowl after sydney test but what did he do in sydney.Only 3 wickets?? Look at Asif and Amir, they get atleast a Five-for when they're bowling good.and consistent in second innings as well..Sami forget about it bro..Good luck in domestic, which aint quality Cricket

  • Dummy4 on September 27, 2010, 13:49 GMT

    we all knw hez capable of wonders but sorry to say at many ocassions he faild to perform he did bowld few falshy spells that brought wickets to Pakistan nd i thnk he derserve more chances caz i saw Shahid Nazir got destroyd due to lack of oppertunities

  • Hashim on September 27, 2010, 12:51 GMT

    Its a petty that Sami has more than 50 average as a new ball bowler in tests considering he has played for than 8 years of International cricket. I guess Sachin tendulkar as a part time bowler will have better average than Sami.

  • Dummy4 on September 27, 2010, 10:00 GMT

    m amir should be back in the team

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