Full name: Sami Aslam
Born: December 12, 1995, Lahore, Punjab
Current age: 18 years 191 days
Major teams: National Bank of Pakistan, Pakistan Under-19s
Batting style: Left-hand bat
Bowling style: Right-arm medium
Batting and fielding averages
Sami Aslam is a Pakistani cricketer. He is a left-hand batsman and occasional right arm medium pace bowler. He was a part of the Pakistan Under-19 cricket team that took part in the 2012 ICC Under-19 Cricket World Cup in Australia. Under-19 ODI Matches played by Sami Aslam (40)
Tell us about your school/college/university life? What is your education?
I was born and have lived all my life in Lahore, my school life was very good I through out my life I really enjoy it. I really enjoyed my life as a child, I was good student in my childhood. I got some good marks in my matric exams then i went to Government College Lahore for my higher studies.
When and why you start playing Cricket?
I am playing cricket since my childhood. Since my childhood my interest was on cricket was pretty much, I always wanted to play for team Pakistan and I knew I can play for my National side. Right now I am done with my under-19 career and now looking forward for national side.
Who is your inspiration?
Well, Saeed Anwar is my inspiration. I always see him the way he bats I just love it. I always try to play like him but in current players you can say Suresh Raina (India) is my favorite player, he is so bang on while batting. He can hit the bowl of the ground as well he can stop the ball many times when ever his team need it.
If I’m not wrong then you was in the 30-day training camp organized at Gaddafi Stadium. How you felt after training with intl. players like Misbah & Afridi?
Well, you know this is a dream for a youngster to play or practice with big players like Shahid Afridi and Misbah-ul-haq. They told me very precious tips which will be help me in future for sure in sha ALLAH.
Do you think, you can solve the opening-pair problem of Pakistan’s intl. Team?
I think yes, because I can stay on wicket for long time if you see my precious record I have done four centuries in five matches which is an answer of your question.
How much experience did you get from U-19 WorldCup?
Of course to play for under-19 for Pakistan is also a big achievement for me and I got some good experience from it. You know while you are playing in under-19 team you also go out of countries and see their culture and atmosphere which helps you when you go with senior team.
Who would like to bat with, Shehzad or M. Hafeez?
Both of are my favorite, I would go with any one of them.
Advantages of having good opening partner?
Well, of course when you have a good opener with you, you usually stay relax on the other side. If both players can rotate the score then both can make score for the team which is a good sign. So, yes its good to have a solid opener.
Since Pakistan has had an opener drought for such a long time, there r e a lot of expectations of him at this young age, does he feel pressurized by this media hype?
I think No, I do not have any pressure of media. I have believe on my self I can play for Pakistan and I am good player if you see my stats. My full focus is on my cricket and just cricket.
What have the seniors in the boards advices to him?
They just told me to focus on your cricket and stay away from bad things.
Why Pakistan u-19 lost world cup 14?
We were in final with South Africa, I had believe we can win this final everything was going good but suddenly I know why the totally rhythm was with Africans, on the other side the wicket was not like Asians there was so bounce on that Dubai wicket which was good for Africans.
Favorite player in current Pakistan’s team?
Misbah-ul-haq is my favorite is current team because he always handles the situation as well he can stay on wicket for a long time.
Which is your favorite shot to play?
My favorite shot is cut shot but sometimes I really like to pull.
Why our domestic cricket is not so strong?
No comments on it.
Comparison between 19 cricket and international level cricket?
There is some bit difference because the atmosphere of international cricket is so difference then under-19. You also go out of country with under-19 but you know international cricket is something different, every match goes live as well which can create pressure on a player sometime.
Who has been the toughest opponent so far in your career?
The under-19 fast bowler of South African K. Rabada because in the final of icc under-19 world cup he was bowling over 92mph and I really thought he is bit difficult to play.
What sort of music do you listen to?
I do not have interest in music but only sometimes I listen some sort of romantic music.
If you weren’t a cricketer, what would you be?
I would be a student, but I always though to be a cricketer nothing else.
Which is your favorite city in the world?
Capetown, South Africa is my favorite city.
Where do you see yourself in 5 years’ time?
I am looking my self in team Pakistan in next 5 years, as you know I also participated in previous summer camp so yes selectors have eye on me.
What do you like to do in your free time away from cricket?
I like to spent time with my family when I do not play cricket.
Which team is favorite in World Cup 2015?
I think Pakistan because we have a good bowling line up and the wickets in Australia & New Zealand are bit bouncy.
Any Message for your fans?
Always be true and focus on your goals do not worry what people are saying just focus on what you what.
Well, Mr. Sami Aslam Al-Rasub wishes you all the best for your future and thank you for giving your precious time to us.
Interviewed by : Mohammad FurQan Bhatti
Writer is University Student and Sports Journalist based in Pakistan