Sami has struggled to take wickets as of late
Pakistan pace bowler Shoaib Akhtar has launched a scathing attack on his former opening quick partner Mohammad Sami, stating that he lacks in mental confidence.
Akhtar’s remarks come after there was much scepticism over the fact that Sami was included in Pakistan’s Twenty20 squad that will first play against Australia before moving on to the International Cricket Council (ICC) World Twenty20.
Dawn, a Pakistan daily newspaper, quoted Akhtar as saying: “Sami is a mentally weak athlete and he can’t take pressure, efforts were made to make Sami into ‘Karachi Express’ and he was constantly told that I was his competition for a place in the team. I played a lot with Sami and my observation is he tried to compete hard and lost discipline. When we bowled together we could put a lot of pressure on the batsmen and in such circumstances he bowled well.”
However, Akhtar also noted that Sami’s luck had run out on numerous occasions.
“Sami was also an unlucky bowler as many times straightforward catches were dropped off his bowling while in some instances umpires didn’t give decisions in his favour,” Akhtar added.
Recently, Akhtar also criticised the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) for trying to bring cricket back to Pakistan, at a time when the security situation is still unstable.
Pakistan last played against Sri Lanka, and during the series, Sami was rather unimpressive with the ball, taking one wicket and conceding 92 runs in the only Test he played, while in the two ODIs and two Twenty20 Internationals he played, he picked up three wickets for 94 runs and four wickets for 38 runs respectively.
Pakistan ended up losing the Test and ODI series, while the Twenty20 series ended in a 1-1 draw.
Akhtar has not been the only Pakistan cricketer to attack Sami, as pace legend Waqar Younis also had his share of criticism.
“Sami has failed to learn from his past experiences and despite making numerous comebacks, he is still a very expensive bowler,” Younis said.
Sami has taken 85 wickets in 36 matches at an average of 52.74, while in ODIs he has 121 wickets from 85 matches at an average of 28.52 and in his Twenty20 career, Sami has picked up ten wickets from five matches, and has an average of 14.60.