‘Wasted talent’: Wasim Akram tells how this Pakistani cricket star’s career went astray | Cricket News


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Pakistan’s endless supply line of talented fast bowlers has given world cricket many gems. Some have become legends, while others have fallen by the wayside after showing an initial spark. One of them who reached great heights was Wasim Akram. With his left arm rhythm, Akram mesmerized the rival hitters. In 104 Tests he scalped 414 wickets while in 356 ODIs he took 502 wickets. He also formed a deadly fast bowling pair with Waqar Younis and gave Pakistani cricket several memorable moments. After him, several fast bowlers have impressed for Pakistan, but Akram is disappointed with a bowler who couldn’t do his talent justice.

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“Everyone raves about Mohammad Asif. I mean wasted talent no doubt. The one I’m talking to…that kind of bowler I saw after a long time. Jis tareeke control himself karta tha ball ko. He could swing back and forth. It’s very unfortunate for him and of course for Pakistan too,” Akram said in a show called “To Be Honest 3.0” on YouTube.

“I haven’t seen him for ages. It’s been 10 years since I came to Karachi, I go to Lahore much less.”

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Asif only played 23 Tests for Pakistan and won 106 wickets. He also played 38 ODIs and scalped 46 wickets. His career was cut short, however, after he was charged with fixing spots in a Test match in 2010. Prior to that, he had also tested positive for banned substances.


When the anchor asked him if he would reprimand him for what he had done, Akram replied, “I doubt it. Chota baccha hai, galti ho gayi thi.”

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Asif last played for Pakistan in 2010 and was recently seen in the United States for hosting training camps for children.

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