Pakistani famous swing bowler Mohammad Asif has showed his disappointment towards the current bunch of Pakistani pace bowlers. He thinks that they are very ordinary and not specially gifted in the field of bowling. That is why watching them bowl is not a special feeling for a spectator.
“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. 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,” Asif said to the dawn.
Asif was banned after coming out guilty of a spot fixing scandal in 2010, over six years ago. Though he is now back on the cricketing field through Pakistan’s domestic cricket. He recently made a long awaited comeback in the Quaid-i-Azam Trophy. There is no doubt making a comeback in the national side will be on his top radar.
According to the right arm pacer, playing their recent matches on the flat UAE pitches as their second home, Pakistani cricket’s standard has degraded. The fast bowlers are not getting help from those flat pitches and that is why they are losing their charm. Instead of playing there, they must play their home matches in either South Africa or Sri Lanka to improve their bowling.
“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 has deteriorated the standard of our cricket. Even Sri Lanka has better pitches compared to UAE,” he added with a frustrated tone.
Asif was disappointed with his side’s recent hammering in New Zealand despite an impressive performance in England earlier. Their next assignment will be in Australia where the pitches will suite much better for Pakistani pacers but still he thinks that it won’t make much difference as the current bowlers don’t know how to make batsman play the deliveries.