Cricket news - Sami Aslam to shift base to USA, signs up with Major League Cricket

Sami Aslam last played for Pakistan in 2018.

Sami Aslam last played for Pakistan in 2018.

Sami Aslam, Pakistan Test and ODI opener has accepted an offer with America's Major League Cricket T20. His new cricketing foray effectively puts an end to his frustrating stop-start international career with Pakistan as he is expected to reach the American shores before the end of the year. He will take no further part in the ongoing Quaid-e-Azam trophy.

Aslam, who turns 25 next month, has represented Pakistan in four ODIs and thirteen Tests with his last international outing being the 2018 Dubai day-night Test against Sri Lanka. He was heralded as the next big thing in Pakistan Cricket with a string of centuries against the likes of England and India U-19s. Upon this impressive showing he was soon handed an ODI cap against Bangladesh in 2015 and a Test cap soon after on the same tour.

His moment of reckoning came shortly thereafter. In an away series against England, a diminutive Aslam stood tall with twin fifties against the likes of Stuart Broad and James Anderson on a green Trent Bridge wicket. A purple patch of sorts followed with four fifties in a three-match Test series against West Indies along with yet another away fifty in New Zealand.

He lost his place in the final eleven after a failure Down Under in Australia and an average series against Sri Lanka. He was part of the squad for Pakistan's tour of England in the summer of 2018 but was dropped for the next series without getting a game on the tour.

Aslam was made the captain of the Southern Punjab team in Pakistan's first-class domestic circuit in 2019. He was stripped off the captaincy after a reported fall out with the coach over his unwillingness to continue a chase of 89 runs in the 4th innings with around 5 overs remaining. He was subjected to switch sides in the 2020 first-class season with a move to Balochistan. Aslam amassed over 800 runs at average of 78 in the 2019 first class season which failed to get him an A+ category domestic contract. He was further disconcerted as the selectors overlooked him for the domestic T20 tournament even for a side such as Balochistan, believed to be one of the weaker outfits in Pakistan's domestic circuit.

He recently took to twitter to air his discontentment over his repeated non selection for Pakistan after he did not find a place in Pakistan's 35-man contingent on the tour of New Zealand in December.

Sami Aslam @Samiaslam999 Disappointed that I didn't get any chance to be in 35players for NZ tour and last UK tour,even after good last QeD 2019-20trophy, I was one of the most run makers, scored 864 runs(4 100's) average of 78, dropped from the Test squad after not getting a game in my last UK tour 2018 03:37 PM • Nov 11, 2020