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Left Pakistan cricket because of liking, disliking culture: Sami Aslam

Left-hander is currently playing cricket in USA

SAMAA | - Posted: May 16, 2021 | Last Updated: 1 month ago
SAMAA |
Posted: May 16, 2021 | Last Updated: 1 month ago

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Young opening batsman Sami Aslam has revealed that he left Pakistan cricket because of liking and disliking culture.

The left-hander left for the United States of America in the middle of the Quaid-e-Azam Trophy in 2020 bidding farewell to his chances of representing the Green Caps in the future.

In an interview with PakPassion, Aslam revealed that he was ‘tired’ of performing regularly without getting the deserved appreciation.

“I was tired of performing regularly for the last five or six years in all formats in domestic cricket yet being ignored by the selectors,” he said. “If I was picked, I’d play a couple of matches and then get dropped. I was even dropped after having performed well in tough conditions. There were players who would flop in 10 matches and still get picked, but if I failed even a couple of times, I’d be left out.”

“It’s all about the culture of ‘liking and disliking’ individuals. I’ll give you an example of T20 cricket where I was a solid performer in T20 tournaments and when the PSL comes along, I was just deemed not good enough for this format. Some of the guys who played PSL weren’t even being selected for club cricket and yet I wasn’t even picked as a supplementary player in 6 tournaments.”

Aslam represented Pakistan in 13 Tests and four ODIs where he managed to score 836 runs, which included seven half-centuries.

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  1. Syed Razi Ahmad  May 16, 2021 7:37 pm/ Reply

    Its good for Sami to realise at right time so as to earn some money for his bread and butter with sizable recognition.

    In Pakistani cricket, the liking and disliking came at No 2, the foremost reason is whether you played for Karachi (include Sindh cities) or from Lahore (including its suburbs).

    Its in our roots from Kardar era to recent. The most drastic decision was one, when in 90s Majid Khan (when he was in board) with no logical justification shifted the BCCP/PCB head office from National Stadium Karachi to Lahore. Karachi was once Capital and still largest city so Hqr at Khi could still make a sense. Why Lahore !

    Even if it was required, it may be shifted to Islamabad (Sports Complex) or even co-located Rawalpindi Stadium but why Lahore !

    Rest is a sad story to follow. The Pakistani Lollywood was dead and all ill-gotten black money holder knew no place to dump. So with PCB in Lahore the Lollywood mafia fed their maal in Pak Cricket, betting / match fixing etc etc.

    Look at the most notorious names, all (almost) from same area / family.

    Further, to ensure their winning in betting, Akmals (with every possible name) to Qadirs and Akrams’ all get chance and chance.

    If Kamran Akmal failed, Adnan Akmal is there. After he failed, we only have Omar Akmal and after that again Kami returns.

    The selectors may belong to any place but once you have push from PCB head you cannot survive.

    Just look at Haroon Rashid and Inti’s with Iqbal Qasim…..why the same lot again and again.

    Probably, in Mush times, Tauqeer Zia did improved the things but after democracy we are still at square one.

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