Don’t expect much from Wahab Riaz in Australia: Asif

Shukriya Pakistan

Fast bowler Mohammad Asif says Pakistan should not expect much from Wahab Riaz on fast Australian wickets.

“Wahab is good for Asian wickets only, one must not expect too much from him on fast tracks of New Zealand or Australia,” Asif says while talking to Sports Room on ARY News.

Wahab, who had debuted six years ago with Asif in a Test against England at The Oval, has never really been a regular member in Pakistan’s Test outfit.

The 33-year-old Asif says Wahab’s attacking weapon is “reverse swing” and that the team management should have used sources at their disposal as per individual strengths.

“If Wahab gets conditions suitable for reverse swing, he gets wickets. New Zealand’s conditions did not favour him and the result was in front of us. Australia’s conditions are also identical where the ball hardly swings in the air.”

The Sheikhupura-born bowler puts the blame on pacers for their unimpressive show in New Zealand which cost Pakistan the series 2-0, and a slump to number four in Test rankings.

“Having won the toss they should have quickly bowled out the New Zealand team on a green wicket, but our bowlers bowled poorly. A wicket on which our batsmen could not face the Kiwis, Pakistani bowlers could not take advantage of it,” he says.

“Our bowlers did not know where to place the ball and instead of targeting the batsman, the ball was being aimed at the wicketkeeper. The results would have definitely been different had the bowling been done sensibly.”

Sharing his experience of bowling in the Kiwi land, Asif says during his visit to the country twice he had never seen such a grassy wicket where “it was difficult to trace the wicket from the ground”.

“Such wickets are a blessing for bowlers,” he says. “It was purely incompetence on part of our bowlers not to take wickets on a fast and green wicket.”