Mohammad Asif, former Pakistan pacer questioned the credentials of the national team’s current coaching staff comprising Misbah-ul-Haq, Younis Khan and Waqar Younis. He is one of the several Pakistan cricketers to criticize the trio for the team’s underwhelming performances.
Mohammad Asif spoke at length about his international career which ended abruptly after his involvement in spot-fixing and the current state of Pakistan cricket during interaction with Kamran Akmal on his YouTube channel.
Mohammad Asif: Waqar Younis As Coach Is Nothing But Have Respect For Him As Player Same For Misbah Ul Haq And Younis Khan
Kamran Akmal asked Mohammad Asif if Waqar Younis had helped in his growth as a coach, or whether he improved by bowling alongside pacer Shoaib Akhtar who was known to bowl at a furious pace. The former pacer responded that the latter’s presence helped him more although the duo employed different methods for dismissing batsmen.
Mohammad Asif further added that the current set of Pakistan coaches – Misbah-ul-Haq, Younis Khan and Waqar Younis – are not good enough for the job, though they were great players during their time.
“No doubt Shoaib bhai used to bowl fast and my attempt was to pitch the ball up to get the batsmen out. As a coach, if you ask me Waqar Younis is zero. He was great as a player. I have respect for him as a player. The three guys who are associated to the team currently – Younis bhai was a big player but he does not have any knowledge as a coach. Misbah is totally zero, as a player he was okay,” said Mohammad Asif.
Mohammad Asif said his opinion was based on coaching videos he had seen on the Pakistan Cricket Board website when he was asked by the former wicket-keeper how he could judge Younis Khan though he wasn’t a batsman himself. But he reiterated that he didn’t doubt the trio’s prowess as players.
“I have seen a couple of videos on the PCB website. Even a neighborhood kid will tell you that he is telling the wrong thing. I am not talking about his credibility as a player. He has scored 10000 runs as a player, Misbah has also scored runs,” observed Mohammad Asif.
Under the coaches, Pakistan lost the 1st Test against New Zealand after losing the T20I series 2-1 although they won 3rd T20I which was a consolation win as New Zealand won first two T20Is. Against England too Pakistan lost Test series 1-0 and drew T20I series 1-1.
Mohammad Asif Feels Mohammad Amir Hasn’t Been Treated Fairly
Mohammad Asif believes Waqar Younis, a great bowler in his days could have got the best out of Mohammad Amir who retired from Tests recently to play in the shorter formats of the game.
“Waqar Younis no doubt was a great bowler. He has still kept the mentality of 1990s that this guy has done something wrong and he should be dropped. This is not how it should be, there are small-small things like the entire team became against Amir. Why is that the case? They can use him in T20Is and ODIs, if he has taken retirement from Test matches,” said Asif.
According to Mohammad Asif, Pakistan coaches need to look at things from a broader perspective in the interests of Pakistan rather than satisfying their own egos as Mohammad Amir contemplated retirement from international cricket after being ignored for New Zealand tour.
“You have to think about Pakistan and not about your own cricket. If you are the coach, you should have a big vision. They can tell him it’s fine if he has retired from Test cricket and they can use the new players in Tests. They could have still got work done from him but they have let him go because of their ego,” concluded Asif.
The current Pakistan coaching setup has received severe criticism and drew flak from various quarters after Mohammad Amir announced his retirement from international cricket. The left-arm pacer who quit Test cricket to concentrate in limited-overs format said that he is willing to reconsider his retirement decision but not under the current set of coaches led by Misbah Ul Haq and comprising of Waqar Younis and Younis Khan.