Mohammad Asif Mulls Over Writing A Letter To ICC On His Int’l Return
Mohammad Asif, former Pakistan bowler, who served his ban after the infamous Lord’s Test in 2010, is mulling to write a letter to the International Cricket Council (ICC) to clear his confusion over his selection in the national side.
“I didn’t play cricket for five years but the PCB could not groom my replacement,” Asif was quoted by the Dawn.com.
Asif, though not that fast, outfoxed batsmen with his sheer accuracy during his international stint and now he strives to make a comeback for Pakistan.
“I don’t know how authentic is the info. On my part, I am playing regularly in the [domestic] season. So I definitely intend to ask the ICC if they have any reservations about me,” he added.
Asif has been bending his back since he had been given leeway by the ICC to play domestic cricket.
“Some information to this effect recently reached me that the PCB has been asked by the ICC not to consider me for the national team selection,” Asif said.
Asif, who didn’t seem happy with the slower pitches for Tests in the UAE – Pakistan’s adopted home for Tests, urged the authorities to provide better facilities to youngsters.
“To develop something special, you must work hard. And of course some have abilities which are God-gifted. I’ve played a full season now but I didn’t see anything special be it Rahat [Ali] or Imran Khan or Sohail Khan,” added Asif, who’s looking to rebuild his career.
If he [Asif] happens to play international cricket anytime soon, he might not be having that spark in his bowling again which he had in the past. But fans would love to see him in action – where he gives some tough time to the modern-day batters.
“We talk about talent…but this is all the talent that we have. I don’t think there is anything special about our pacers. It is an average sort of attack,” Asif said while taking a dig at the current pace battery of the national side.
It’s pertinent to mention that world cricket body ICC had allowed Mohammad Asif and Salman Butt on September 2, 2015, to return to competitive cricket after the anti-corruption tribunal hearing.
“We get wickets in the UAE that favour our spinners. Yes we have won matches there and that has improved our rankings, but the truth is that playing constantly on the UAE pitches have deteriorated the standard of our cricket.” Asif said.
Asif, who’s happy with his fitness, is going to play for Wapda in the Super Eight match of the Quaid-i-Azam Trophy next week.
Asif has complained the PCB for not inviting him into the camp for practice sessions to observe his overall performance.
“It is fine if PCB chairman Shaharyar Khan has left it to the selectors to decide when to induct Salman Butt and me, but the selectors have to be fair and should pick those who have been performing well,” added Asif.
In September 2010, spot-fixing case, the lanky Mohammad Asif was banned for seven years from international cricket alongside Mohammad Amir, who served five-year ban and the then skipper Salman Butt (10 years).
While bagging all the tricks as a bowler, Asif claimed 106 wickets in 23 Tests, 46 in 38 One-day internationals (ODIs) and 13 in his 11 Twenty20 games.
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