I should have been given longer run like Babar, Says Sami Aslam
Pakistan’s opening batsmen, Sami Aslam, believes that if he had given a long run, in the Test format before he was dropping, he would have become an established player on the national side at this time.
While talking in an interview, Aslam cited the example of prolific Pakistani batsman Babar Azam and how the selectors persisted with him despite having difficulty performing in the game’s longest format.
“I was extremely disappointed after dropping from the side,” Aslam said. “I wish I’d been given more than Babar Azam, who was given a longer run despite the initial difficulties, to consolidate my place on the team.” If they hadn’t dropped me from one side, at this point, I would have been a permanent member of the side.”
Aslam, who scored a double century in the first match of the Quaid-e-Azam (QeA) 2019-20 season, also interested in becoming the tournament’s best hitter.
-Sami Aslam Compare himself with Babar Azam-
“It’s important to get off to a good start and I’m glad I was able to do it in the first game of the national season,” he said. “I have my eyes on becoming the best hitter in the tournament and I use it to make a comeback on the national side.”
He added: “I will try to make a solid case for myself by performing well in the first QeA Trophy matches underway so that I can regain the trust of the selectors, before the tour of Australia.”
He also set aside the notion that he is not able to score at a fast pace, compared to some of the other cricketers.
“There is a perception that I bat slowly, but I would like to counter that with the fact that my List A average is close to 50 and I hit about 90. This is precisely why I haven’t been able to appear on PSL, which hurts me a lot,” he said. “I’ve achieved good numbers in the Pakistan Cup and the National T20, most of the time as well.”
The left-hander also pleased with the decision of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) to appoint former captain Misbahul Haq as head coach and head coach on the national side.
“I think it’s a big decision to appoint Misbah bhai as head coach and head of selection,” he said. “He knows the national cricket and its players very well, so the cricketers who organize a good show can imagine their chances of becoming part of the national team.”