File photo of Wasim Akram© Instagram
Pakistan’s never-ending supply of talented fast bowlers has given world cricket many gems. Some became legends, while others were shunned by showing the initial spark. One of those who reached great heights was Wasim Akram. Akram mesmerized the rival batsmen with his left-arm pace. In 104 Tests he took 414 wickets while in 356 ODIs he took 502 wickets. He also formed a deadly fast bowling pair with Waqar Younis and gave many memorable moments to Pakistan cricket. Many fast bowlers impressed for Pakistan after him, but Akram is disappointed with a bowler who could not do justice to his talent.
“Everyone grumbles about Mohammad Asif. I mean talent wasted without a doubt. Whoever I talk to… That’s the kind of bowler I’ve seen after a long time. The date in which Se used to control the ball. He could swing both ways. It’s very unfortunate. For him and definitely for Pakistan too,” Akram said in a show on YouTube titled “To Be Honest 3.0”.
“I haven’t seen him for centuries. It’s been 10 years since I came to Karachi, I rarely go to Lahore.”
Asif played only 23 Tests for Pakistan and took 106 wickets. He also played 38 ODIs and took 46 wickets. However, his career was cut short after he was accused of spot-fixing during a Test match in 2010. Earlier, he had also tested positive for banned substances.
When the anchor asked him if he would scold him for his actions, Akram replied: “I doubt it. Chhota bachcha hai, galti ho gayi hai.”
Asif last played for Pakistan in 2010 and was recently seen in USA to organize coaching camps for children.
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