Pakistan pacer Mohammad Sami, who played international cricket between 2001 and 2016, has alleged that the two 100mph balls he bowled were not registered as he is from Karachi.
“I bowled 100 mph twice in international cricket but they didn’t recognise it because I’m Karachite, I took 3 wickets in 4 overs but they changed my spell because I’m Karachite,” Sami was quoted as saying by journalist Shoaib Jatt on Twitter.
In international cricket, Sami's compatriod Shoaib Akhtar holds the record for the fastest delivery. During Pakistan's match against England in the 2003 World Cup, Akhtar fired a ball which was clocked at 161.3 kph (100.2 mph).
In 2004, Sami surpassed Akhtar with a 162.3-kmph delivery against India. Sourav Ganguly, the then skipper of India, drove the ball through the covers for a boundary.
Another ball bowled by Sami which was recorded at 164/kmh had been ruled out due to “faulty speed measurements on the speed meter”.
The International Cricket Council (ICC), however, has said that the equipment used to measure the ball's speed varies at different grounds, hence speeds from different matches cannot be compared.