“Talent wasted”: Wasim Akram Rues how this Pakistani cricket player’s career went astray | Cricket News

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Pakistan’s endless supply line of talented fast bowlers has given world cricket a lot of jewels. Some became legends, while others fell by the wayside after showing initial spark. One of them who reached great heights was Wasim Akram. With his left arm pass, Akram enchanted the competitive batsmen. In 104 Tests he bowled 414 wickets while in 356 one-dayers he took 502 wickets. He also formed a deadly fast bowling pair with Waqar Younis and gave Pakistan cricket several memorable moments. After him, several fast bowlers impressed Pakistan, but Akram was disappointed with one bowler who could not get his talent done right.

“Everyone is raving about Mohammad Asif. I mean talent wasted without a doubt. Whoever I talk to … that kind of bowler I saw after a long time. Jis tareeke’s control card tha ball ko. He could swing both sides. “It’s a pity for him and of course for Pakistan,” Akram said on a program title “To Be Honest 3.0” on YouTube.

“I have not seen him for centuries. It has been 10 years since I came to Karachi, I go to Lahore much less.”

Asif played only 23 Tests for Pakistan and took 106 wickets. He also played 38 ODIs and bowled 46 wickets. However, his career was cut short after he was charged with batting in 2010 during a Test match. Prior to that, he also tested positive for illicit drugs.


When the anchor asked if he would admonish him for what he had done, Akram replied, “I doubt it. Chota baccha hai, galti ho gayi thi.”

Asif last played for Pakistan in 2010 and was recently seen in the US for holding coaching camps for children.

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