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Sami Aslam opts out of fourth round of Quaid-e-Azam Trophy, might quit Pakistan cricket
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Sami Aslam opts out of fourth round of Quaid-e-Azam Trophy, might quit Pakistan cricket

Sami Aslam has declared himself unavailable for the fourth round of the Quaid-e-Azam Trophy with reports suggesting that the opening batsman may move abroad and quit Pakistan cricket.

Aslam, who debuted for Pakistan in April 2015, has not played an international game since his Test appearance against Sri Lanka in October 2017.

The resurgence of a transformed Shan Masood and the fiery introduction of Abid Ali in the Test unit has kept Aslam on the sidelines of the national team.

Moreover, the preference of Imam-ul-Haq as a back-up opening option has meant Aslam has failed to earn a call-up to the Test side in the last three years.

As a result of being constantly overlooked for a spot in the Pakistan team, Aslam is expected to try his luck in the USA, bringing an end to his association with Pakistan cricket.

Aslam was the leading run-getter for Southern Punjab in the previous edition of the Quaid-e-Azam Trophy with an astronomical tally of 864 runs at an average of 78.54. He also amassed the second-highest individual score in the 2019-20 season with a terrific 243 not out against Central Punjab.

However, Aslam fell out of favour with the Southern Punjab management towards the latter half of the season and was removed from the captaincy post after a disagreement with the side's head coach.

He was selected by Balochistan in the ongoing season of Quaid-e-Azam Trophy and has been unable to replicate the same form for his new team.

Aslam has scored only 141 runs in six innings with the highest score of 56 across the three rounds thus far. He was then ignored for selection in Pakistan's extended 35-man squad for the upcoming New Zealand tour, sparking a Twitter outburst.

"Disappointed that I didn't get any chance to be in 35players for NZ tour and last UK tour, even after good last QeA 2019-20 Trophy, 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," wrote Aslam on the social media platform.

"Sami Aslam has informed his team management that he is not available due to 'personal reasons'," the PCB said regarding Aslam's exclusion from the Balochistan squad for the fourth round.

Considering that the former Pakistan Under-19 skipper is still only 24 years of age, he presumably has enough time to cement his status as a mainstay in the USA team. Additionally, USA Cricket has launched plans to become a full member of the ICC by 2030 whilst introducing its own T20 league.

The highlight of Aslam's 13-Test stint with Pakistan was a couple of dogged half-centuries in the Edgbaston Test against England in 2017 after he was called up to replace the out-of-form Masood.

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