Samad last year became third J&K cricketer and first from Jammu province to play in cash rich league. He was instant success and went on to play 12 matches during the tournament. In 12 matches, Samad scored 111 runs with the average of 22 but it was his strike rate and big hits that impressed everyone. He finished tournament with strike rate of 171. Samad also took couple of wickets during the tournament.
Meanwhile SunRisers Hyderabad have also retained David Warner and Kane Williamson amoung the high profile players.