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Mohammad Asif calls Wahab Riaz an Asian pitch bowler

Mohammad Asif
Mohammad Asif speaks with the media. (Photo by Arif Ali/AFP/Getty Images)

Things seem to be heating up in the Pakistan camp. Pace bowler Mohammad Asif has recently criticized another Pakistani pacer Wahab Riaz. In a recent statement, the scandalous pacer Asif mocked Riaz as an Asian pitch bowler. He clearly indicated at the lack of skills of the Pakistani pacer to adapt to the overseas conditions.

The statements made by Mohammad Asif clearly show that he is least impressed with Wahab’s performance in the recent past. Asif spoke to ARY news where he made bold remarks about Riaz’s inclusion in the national squad. He commented that there was a clear lack of skill in Wahab’s bowling due to which he failed in the recently concluded series.

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He further added that the lack of skills will prevent him from performing well in the other conditions outside the subcontinent. “Wahab can only perform on Asian pitches,” quoted Mohammad Asif. Commenting further, Asif added that Rahat Ali could have been a much better alternative in place of Riaz. Pakistan faced an embarrassing 2-0 defeat at the hands of New Zealand in their away series.

Pakistan are now scheduled to tour Australia and they have retained the same squad for the Australia series. “Rahat Ali should have been given a chance to play for the team,” added Asif. Many former cricketers slammed the Pakistani bowling attack after their dismal show in the New Zealand conditions.

While the Kiwi bowlers excelled at will, the Pakistani pacers struggled to find their rhythm. However, it is noteworthy that Wahab Riaz has had decent success in the Australian conditions. He produced one of the best spells of fast bowling when Pakistan played Australia in the 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup down under. Riaz’s spell against Shane Watson is etched fresh in the memories of cricket lovers.

Mohammad Asif was once the go-to man of Pakistan bowling. His involvement in the 2010 spot-fixing scandal in England cut short his international career.

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