Asif is encouraged to see Amir play at international level


KARACHI: Mohammad Amir’s bowling partner in 2010 England’s tour, Mohammad Asif is encouraged to see the left-arm pacer play at the international level and motivates him to make a comeback as well.

Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Amir bowled intentional no-balls six years back in Lord’s that pushed the pair along with their captain at that time Salman Butt to a jail sentence and a ban from playing any competitive cricket by the ICC.

The youngest of the three, Mohammad Amir made his international comeback earlier this year, however, the other two culprits are also available for selection, but, they have been ignored.

The 33-year old fast bowler hailed the performance of Amir with the ball and named him the best bowler in the test series against England.

“For me Amir was the best bowler in the series against England. He would have taken more wickets had his catches been taken,” Asif told Dawn News on Tuesday.

Asif is determined to make a comeback and he is looking to impress the selection committee with his performances in domestic, “I aim to impress the selectors in the upcoming domestic matches.”

He also revealed that the Afghan board wants his services to train young fast bowlers, “Afghanistan’s board wants me to coach their young fast bowlers in near future, but I am yet to decide about the offer,” Asif said, adding: “My entire focus is to secure a place in Pakistan team at the moment.

He was a key component of Pakistan cricket team before he got ban, he was phenomenal with the new ball and bamboozled the best batsmen of the world almost effortlessly.