International careerSami is regarded as one of the fastest bowlers in cricket and has the ability to swing the cricket ball at high pace. He has unofficially bowled the fastest delivery in cricket when he clocked at 164 km/ph (101.9 mph) during a One Day International match. However, it was revoked by cricket officials after it found faulty speed measurements on the speed meter. But despite his talent, he has been in and out of the national side for several times. However he has received support from former Pakistan captain Wasim Akram & Waqar Younis, who sees Sami's speed and wicket taking ability as an important skill for the Pakistan team.Sami also earned the ignominy of bowling the longest over in One Day International cricket during the Asia Cup match against Bangladesh in 2004, when he bowled 17 balls in one over which consisted of seven wides and four no balls. He is also the only bowler in Test cricket history to have over 50 wickets and a bowling average of 50. After losing form and failing to achieve success for the Pakistan cricket team, the Pakistan Cricket Board and its national selectors replaced Sami for the One Day International series against England with fast bowler Mohammad Asif, however he was recalled for the series against South Africa in January and February in 2007. He was selected in the 15-man Pakistan squad for the 2007 Cricket World Cup, although he was named as one of five reserves.After team mates Shoaib Akhtar and Mohammad Asif were dropped from the World Cup squad,since neither of the two had been declared fit and they had not undergone official doping tests, Sami and Yasir Arafat were called up as replacements.
ICC World Twenty20On 19 April he was selected in the Pakistan squad as a replacement for the injured fast bowler Umar Gul, in the 2010 ICC World Twenty20 cricket tournament to be held in the West Indies. Sami was recalled and played against South Africa in the middle east in November 2010. In May 2012 Mohammad Sami received another recall and was announced in the squad that toured Sri Lanka in June 2012, cause of his amazing performances in the Bangladesh premier league (which included a hatrick and a 5-wicket haul). He bowled brilliantly in the 2nd T20. Following that, in the 1st ODI he bowled economically and with pace, which earned him a place in the 15-man squad to play the touring Australians and also the 2012 World Twenty20. Sami was selected for these international tours, but didn't get to play an official game (he got to play two warm up matches), as Pakistan made it to the semi-finals of the WT20 but lost to Sri-lanka. In 2013, sami was retained by the BPL team, Duronto Rajshahi to play as the main fast bowler, but cause of disagreements between PCB and BCB no Pakistani player (including sami) was allowed to play in the BPL. This was a big loss for Duronto, because sami was the highest wicket-taker last season.
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