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Sami Aslam may quit Cricket Pakistan

Pakistan’s opening batsman Sami Aslam is considering to quit cricket Pakistan and move to USA to pursue his goals.

It is understood that he is not happy with the Pakistan Cricket Board’s selection. He also decided to withdraw from the fourth round of the ongoing Quaid-e-Azam Trophy, which is due to begin on Friday.

Represented Pakistan in 13 Tests, Sami Aslam scored 758 runs at an average of 31, scoring seven fifties in his short career. He also played four ODIs for the national side, scoring only 78 runs with the best of 45. He was more preferred for Test side.

In his second Test series which was against England in 2016, he scored 167 runs at an average of 55, scoring two fifties. Then in his next series against West Indies in UAE, he scored three fifties at an average of almost 47. New Zealand tour was followed and he scored his personal best of 91 while averaging in 30s. He ended 2016 as Pakistan’s fourth highest run-scorer in Tests.

Sami Aslam was the star in his Under-19 career, scoring 1,695 Under-19 ODI runs at an average of 45.81. He is currently the second highest run-scorer in U-19 ODIs and holds the record for most centuries. He is also the third-fastest in the world to get to 2000 List A runs.

Sami Aslam was a star in his Under-19 career. (Photo: ICC)

The downfall

After a good start, he was followed with averages of 12 in Australia and 23 against Sri Lanka in UAE. He was dropped afterwards and never seen with the senior side again.

In September this year, he was demoted to Balochistan’s second XI. Unhappy with that decision, Sami Aslam had withdrawn from the National T20 Cup. He played the ongoing QeA Trophy and managed only a solitary fifty from six innings.

When the squad for New Zealand series announced, Sami was quick to share his disappointment on not reaching the 35 players picked for the side.

“Disappointed that I didn’t get any chance to be in 35 players for NZ tour and last UK tour, even after a good last QeA Trophy season, I was one of the most run makers, scored 864 runs at an average of 78, dropped from the Test squad after not getting a game in my last UK tour 2018”.  Sami tweeted.

In 2019 season of QeA, he was averaging over 78 with four centuries, including 243* which was the highest individual score that season. He ended that season with 864 runs, the fourth highest run-scorer.

With tons of runs under his belt, he couldn’t find his place back into the national side. Now that also Shan Masood and Abid Ali have taken over with Imam ul-Haq as a back up opener.

The details are not cleared, yet. The soon-to-be 25 year old will make his final decision soon. If he does leave, he may switch his career to USA cricket, most likely in T20 franchise league.

Also Read: 3 Senior Players left out as Pakistan name 35-player squad for New Zealand

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