Karachi: Shoaib Akhtar described Mohammad Sami, Akhtar's one-time new-ball partner, as mentally weak, after growing criticism over Sami's selection to the Pakistan Twenty20 International squads that will play against Australia and in the World T20.
"Sami is a mentally weak athlete and he can't take pressure," Dawn, the Pakistan daily, quoted Shoaib as saying. "Efforts were made to make Sami into 'Karachi Express' and he was constantly told that I was his competition for a place in the team. I played a lot with Sami and my observation is he tried to compete hard and lost discipline. When we bowled together we could put a lot of pressure on the batsmen and in such circumstances he bowled well."
At the same time, Shoaib conceded that Sami hasn't always had luck going his way. "Sami was also an unlucky bowler as many times straightforward catches were dropped off his bowling while in some instances umpires didn't give decisions in his favour," said Shoaib.