‘Everyone had said they had seen such a bowler after decades. Talent wasted’ | Cricket

Throughout their cricketing history, Pakistan has enjoyed an incredible fast bowling prowess. While the duo of Wasim Akram and Waqar Younis reigned supreme in the 1990s, speedster Shoaib Akhtar, Mohammad Sami and Mohammad Asif, among others, emerged in the early 2000s and enjoyed considerable success in international cricket. Currently, Pakistan boasts of one of the leading fast bowlers in the world in Shaheen Afridi.

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In 2010, however, a bribery scandal struck Pakistani cricket bringing the downfall of two of the side’s leading pacesetters at the time; Asif and Mohammed Amir. While the latter later returned to international cricket, Asif’s career ended after the fixation scandal. Former Pakistan captain Wasim Akram opened up about the incident on a YouTube show, claiming that Asif “wasted” his talent.

‘Yes, everyone was delighted with Mohammad Asif. Talent wasted, no doubt,” Akram said on “To Be Honest” on YouTube channel “Nashpati Prime.”

“But whoever I spoke to, everyone said they’d seen a bowler like that after decades. The way he controlled the ball, the way he managed to swing the ball both ways…it’s a real shame for him.” and also for Pakistan.”

Akram went on to say that he hadn’t met Mohammad Asif in a long time, and even if he did meet him, he wouldn’t be mad at him anymore.

‘I haven’t seen him in ages. I have been living in Karachi for 10 years now, I rarely go to Lahore. He was a child. Mistakes happen,” said the Pakistani legend, who took 414 wickets in Tests and 502 wickets in the fifty-over format for the side.

Asif, meanwhile, represented Pakistan between 2005-2010, appearing in 23 Tests, 38 ODIs and 11 T20Is for the side. The right arm pacer had 106 wickets in the game’s longest format, 46 in ODIs and 13 in T20Is.

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