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Sami Aslam impresses with his show in Asia Cup

02 July, 2012

LAHORE: Pakistan under-19 cricket team opener Sami Aslam during his first international appearance in the Asia Cup Cricket Tournament has stunned the audience through his batting performance by scoring 450 runs with two centuries and two half-centuries against Asian giants.

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The 17-year old Sami Aslam is an exciting left handed opening batsman hails from Lahore and inspired from Pakistani batsman of all time Saeed Anwar. Of the current crop of international batsmen Sami rates Indian middle order batsman Suresh Raina as his favourite. A very successful tour of South Africa recently with the Pakistan Under 19 team has seen Sami being talked about as "one for the future". Sami struck an excellent opening partnership with captain Babar Azam in South Africa and hopes are high that he and Babar can perform well at the Under 19 Asia Cup and the Under 19 World Cup later this year and give Pakistan some sold starts.

Following the tour of South Africa, Sami made his debut for the senior Lahore Eagles team in the National One Day Cup and made 125 runs in 4 innings including a highest score of 73. Sami is a confident young man having a very bright future in Pakistan cricket ahead.

He played a superb knock of unbeaten 82 runs in the first match of the tournament and carried his performance in the next and scored 121 runs against arch-rivals India. In his third match he made 47 runs and in the semi-finals he made 77 runs against Afghanistan.

In the final match against India he played a brilliant knock of 134 runs and shared man of the match award with Indian player Chand. The young prodigy hails from Lahore and knocking the door of Test cricket with his impressive batting performances.

Sabih Azhar, the head  coach of Under-19 team, prior to departure to Kuala Lumpur for the Asia Cup has praised the guy for his batting, bowling and fielding abilities and said that he has a bright future ahead for Pakistan. He is working hard to improve his batting, bowling and fielding and removing weaknesses. He is learning quickly to remove his mistake while his temperament, determination and dedication as also helping him a lot to mend his mistakes, Sabih maintained.  He said that the boy has a bright future for Pakistan if he continued his hard work as he observed that he has good technique and has every shot and play spinners and fast bowler on merit. During the tournament he applied himself and played his game according to situation and requirement of the team, Sabih added.

Sami Aslam represented Lahore Eagles in Grade II Cricket and played five matches and scored 147 runs including one half century. He can also bowl right-arm medium fast bowling.  Sami Aslam father had played cricket for State Bank of Pakistan and started his cricket under the coaching of his father who helped him a lot while there is no one else of his family plays cricket.  Sami Aslam started cricket from the Punjab Cricket Club and studied in the Crescent Model School. Now presently he is studying in GC University and working towards passing all of the exams.

Sami is working hard to improve his batting and wake up very early. And then leaves for National Cricket Academy with Babar Azam for further training and practice with trainer Yasir Malik to maintain fitness.

Sabih Azhar said he is advising him to survive the new ball and be selective in shot making. Don't try and play every shot in the book in the first 10 to 15 overs and on not relax while driving the ball in the earlier stage of the game.

Sami first time played Under-19 regional cricket in 2009 with NCA Colts. It was a Pakistan U-15 team which participated in the domestic U-19 tournament. He became the third highest runs scorer in Pakistan at Under 19 level. That was an Under 19 World Cup year but he was fairly young so not considered to appear in the mega event.

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