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"As lethal as before": Asif sets his eyes on Pakistan comeback

Source: Geo (Sports) • 5 months ago

KARACHI: After making a decent comeback to Pakistan’s domestic cricket, fast bowler Mohammad Asif has set his eyes on making a comeback to Pakistan’s national team with a promise that he will be as lethal as he used to be before he was banned six years ago.

Asif spoke to Geo.Tv after a fiery spell at National Stadium Karachi in the final of Quaid-e-Azam Trophy, where he destroyed the batting line of Habib Bank with figures of 4 for 29.

33-year old right-arm pacer, who was once regarded as Pakistan’s Glenn McGrath, feels that he has regained his rhythm and ready for a comeback to Pakistan’s national team.

“I have worked really hard, have performed and will continue to perform well,” Asif told Geo.tv in Karachi on sidelines of Quaid-e-Azam Trophy final, which is being played under the lights with a pink ball.

“I am sure, I am still the same as I was five six years ago, I have regained my confidence and pace,” he added.

Asif felt that he can still make an impact on Pakistan’s struggling fast bowling line-up which was unable to utilise the conditions properly in the two-match Test series against New Zealand.

According to Asif, no bowler other than Mohammad Aamir looked good and he didn’t get enough support from other bowlers.

“We didn’t bowl at the right spots, our bowlers wasted the opportunity with the new ball and allowed New Zealand batsmen to settle down and put pressure on Pakistan,” he said.

“For example, Ross Taylor was comfortable playing away from the body, and we continued to deliver him such deliveries, instead of exposing his weak points,” Asif added.

When asked what difference you would have made if you were there, Asif replied: “my performance would have made the difference, I know how to exploit those conditions, I would have implemented what I have learnt from my previous experience there.”

Replying to a question, Asif said that Pakistan hasn’t been able to produce natural fast bowlers anymore and this is a very worrisome situation for Pakistan cricket.

“Gone are the days when we used to get natural bowlers, I have been playing domestic cricket and I haven’t seen too much spark in young pacers who could just go and leave an impact. PCB must invest on preparing fast bowlers in camp, and there should be camps of long durations,” he said.

Asif feels that one of the reasons for the decline in Pakistan’s batting and fast bowling standard is playing all the cricket in the United Arab Emirates.

“Pitches there don’t offer much to fast bowlers or batsmen. We prepare tracks for spinners, include two-three spinners in the squad and trap visiting teams, but it is damaging our cricket,” Asif rued.

“I think we need to find a new venue where our fast bowlers and our batsmen can also learn and improve by playing cricket,” the fast bowler suggested.

For now, Asif has his sights on National One Day Cup, which would commence soon after the conclusion of Quaid-e-Azam Trophy.