Pakistan fast bowlers are 17-18 years on paper, but they are actually 27-28: Mohammad Asif

Pakistan fast bowlers are 17-18 years on paper, but they are actually 27-28: Mohammad Asif

Pakistan cricket is always in news for rumors, and controversies. Be it with ICC anti-corruption committee or controversies within the team, they are always making some headlines. Mohammad Asif also has been in the news since his spot-fixing scandal.

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As the Pakistan cricket team is in New Zealand playing their test series, former Pakistan pacer Mohammad Asif has dropped some mean comments about a current lot of Pakistani bowlers. The biggest Pakistan cricket news is that Mohammad Asif feels “Pakistan fast bowlers are 17-18 years on paper, but they are actually 27-28”.

“Pakistan fast bowlers are 17-18 years on paper, but they are actually 27-28”.

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The 38-year old former pace bowler was one of the best seamers in his current times in test format. However, Asif’s career was short-lived due to the spot-fixing scandal at the Lord’s, with 106 wickets from 23 Tests.

Pakistan fast bowlers are 17-18 years on paper, but they are actually 27-28: Mohammad Asif
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In a youtube live stram with another former Pakistani cricketer, Kamran Akmal, Asif has dropped those controversial comments. stated that the bowlers, who are aged 17-18 years on paper are around 10 years older.

Asif said, “And they are so aged. It is written as 17-18 years on paper, but they are actually 27-28 years old because they don’t have the flexibility to bowl 20-25 overs.”

Mohammad Hasnain, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Naseem Shah, and Muhammad Musa Khan are the ones, either in their teenage days or in their early 20s who are in New Zealand playing for the Pakistan cricket team. So, Asif silently pointing fingers at them and their age as well.

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Mohammad Asif also thinks the bowlers do not have the ability to bowl long spells even in bowling-friendly conditions.

Asif also feels due to their original ages, they havge become stiffer and that is why they lack the ability to bend their backs.

They don’t know how to bend the body; they become stiff. They are not able to stand on the field after bowling a 5-6 over spell,” Asif told to Kamran the host of the show.

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Asif thinks the Pakistani bowlers should have done more justice to the conditions that they have in New Zealand. He thinks, the current pacers have strained to pick up wickets at regular intervals and have been found wanting even in bowler-friendly conditions. Moreover, they also lack control and bowled bit down the leg side a bit too much which was their reason for not getting the wickets more often enough.

“I feel it might have been 5-6 years since a fast bowler took 10 wickets in a match. We used to salivate after seeing the pitches like the ones in New Zealand. There was no question of leaving the ball as a fast bowler. I never used to leave the ball before taking a five-wicket haul,” 

Asif on current Pakistani pacers

He then also added, “these kids do not have the knowledge. They don’t know how to keep the batsman on the front foot, not give them a single and how to bowl on the wickets. When they try to bowl on the wickets, it goes down the leg-side. They do not have control.”

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