One of a new generation of Pakistan fast bowlers, Mohammad Sami initially forced his way into the Test team with outstanding performances in domestic cricket and had an immediate impact in his first Test with five wickets against New Zealand. Then, in only his third Test, he notched a hat-trick, eking out the last three Sri Lankans in the Asian Test Championship final and he also has an ODI hat-trick. But since those early years, and especially after the World Cup 2003, when he was expected to become the Pakistan spearhead after the retirements of Wasim and Waqar, his story has been a fitful and thus far disappointing one.
Sami put his future with Pakistan at risk by signing up for the unofficial Indian Cricket League (ICL), but was eventually welcomed back into the domestic fold when he severed ties. In late 2009, out of the blue, Sami was added to Pakistan’s squad for their tour of Australia. In Pakistan Super League he plays for Islamabad United.