Mohammad Asif, who has just returned to domestic cricket after serving a five year long ban for being involved in spot fixing, believes that he is still the best bowler in the country.
Talking in a television show, Asif said, “I think I am still the best.”
“I am bowling lethal spells [in domestic] cricket but I know consistency is missing, which happens if you bowl in competitive cricket after a long time,” added Mohammad Asif.
The 34-year old pacer is eyeing an international comeback like his fellow Mohammad Amir did earlier this year. He is working hard to earn a call from the selectors for Pakistan’s tour to West Indies in the coming year..
“I am doing all the hard work I can and I am confident I will get back to my former self soon,” he told. “By then, I will complete a full domestic season and hopefully the selectors would be impressed with my performance.”
Talking about Mohammad Amir’s lost magic with the ball, the right-arm pacer praised the young left-arm fast bowler highlighted that he needs to bowl from closer to the stumps.
“Amir is still the best pacer in the current bowling line-up in the national team but he is committing a small mistake.
“Amir is bowling too wide from the stumps, whereas previously, he used to bowl close to the stumps. This minor thing changes the angle of the ball significantly,” he mentioned.
The experienced pacer feels that overcoming this issue will help Amir get the lost spark, “By overcoming that glitch, he can be useful as he was in the past.”
“His current sytle is affecting his performance and I am sure this is the reason why he is missing the spark of his past exploits with the ball,” he added.
Asif is also surprised that why the management has not been able to point this flaw.
“It surprises me why the team management did not figure out this flaw yet,” he said. “But I believe he can be as effective as he was.”