The Pakistan cricket staff’s present pacers are 9 to 10 years older than what their beginning certificates counsel, alleged former seamer Mohammad Asif, hitting out at their “lack of ability” to bowl lengthy spells.
Asif’s remarks got here within the wake of Pakistan’s 101-run defeat towards New Zealand within the first Check in Mount Maunganui this week.
“They’re so aged. It’s written as 17-18 years on paper, however they’re really 27-28 years previous,” Asif mentioned on his compatriot Kamran Akmal’s YouTube channel however didn’t take any names.
“They do not have the pliability to bowl 20-25 overs. They do not know learn how to bend the physique and so they grow to be stiff after some time. They don’t seem to be capable of stand on the sector after bowling a 5-6 over spell,” he added.
One of many most interesting seamers of his time, Asif’s profession in aggressive cricket got here to an finish after he was banned by the ICC for 5 years for indulging within the 2010 spot-fixing scandal in England.
His days as Pakistan cricketer lengthy gone, Asif is disillusioned by the current crop of quick bowlers within the nationwide staff, which was as soon as dominated by legends similar to Wasim Akram, Waqar Younis and Imran Khan.
“I really feel it might need been 5-6 years since a quick bowler took 10 wickets in a match. We used to salivate after seeing the pitches like those in New Zealand. There was no query of leaving the ball as a quick bowler. I by no means used to go away the ball earlier than taking a five-wicket haul.”
The 38-year-old, who had fashioned a potent pairing with pace service provider Shoaib Akhtar throughout his time in top-flight, added that as we speak’s pacers lack the information to check the batsmen.
“These children do not need the information. They do not know learn how to preserve the batsmen on the entrance foot, not give them a single and learn how to bowl on the wickets.
Once they attempt to bowl on the wickets, it goes down the leg-side. They don’t have the management,” Asif mentioned.
Among the many present lot of Pakistan pacers doing obligation in New Zealand, Shaheen Afridi and Naseem Shah are 20 and 17-year-old respectively. Mohammad Abbas is 30 and Faheem Ashraf is 26.
Age fraud has been one of many points troubling Pakistan cricket for a few years.
The second Check towards New Zealand will start at Christchurch from Sunday.