It is double standards to term two people guilty and one innocent: Mohammad Asif
Published - Dec 28, 2016 6:21 pm | Updated - Dec 28, 2016 6:21 pm
Veteran Pakistan bowler Mohammad Asif is working hard these days to make a comeback to the national side. Ever since his involvement in the spot-fixing scandal in 2010 along with Salman Butt and Mohammad Amir, Asif has been out of the national side. All the three players were handed suspensions. While Amir found his way back in the national setup, Asif and Butt are still trying to stage a comeback. As per the quotes in the Indian Express, Mohammad Asif recently called it double standards of the system. However, he added that he has nothing against Mohammad Amir and wished for the youngster to prosper in the days to come.
“That is totally wrong. It is double standards to me. If three people have committed a crime you say two are guilty one is innocent. How can that be possible. Mohammad Aamir had come from the grass root level to the top level and he knew everything about life. It is unfair to say we were responsible for him getting into the spot,” said Mohammad Asif.
Adding further to his case, the pacer mentioned that even the ICC has cleared the clouds over their return. He also admitted his mistake and expressed his desire to play top class cricket again.
“Look I know what we did was wrong and a crime and we regret it and we have apologised for what we did. We have served our time. The ICC has said it has no problems with us playing international cricket so what is the problem?” asked Asif.
Going down the memory lanes, the Pakistani speedster also spoke about his career that took off in flying style in 2006. He recalled the Test matches against India to be the turning point for him. Taking the prized scalp of Virender Sehwag in the Karachi Test remains as a fond memory for the speedster.
“Before that I never knew when I bowled the ball that came in. But in that Test I gained control over it and mastered both the outgoing and incoming deliveries. I remember I bowled Virender Sehwag with an inswinger and it set my career rocking,” mentioned Asif.
Commenting on the toughest batsmen he has ever bowled to, Asif was straight in citing the names of Rahul Dravid and VVS Laxman. He called them technically very sound. In the current lot of players, he picked Virat Kohli as a very tough batsman to bowl to given the kind of technique he has.
“Dravid and Laxman were technically very good and could whip the ball from the off-stump to the onside flawlessly. It was a challenge bowling to them. Virat is also technically very strong and that always makes it a difficult job for the bowler,” he conceded.