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‘Talent wasted’: Wasim Akram tells how this Pakistani cricket team star’s career went astray

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Pakistan’s endless supply of talented fast bowlers has given world cricket a lot of gems. Some became legends, while others fell by the wayside after showing the first spark. One of those who reached great heights was WasimAkram. With his left arm pace, Akramme managed to enchant the rival batters. He scalped 414 wickets in 104 Tests, while taking 502 wickets in 356 ODIs. He also made a deadly fast bowling pair with Waqar Younis and gave Pakistani cricket several memorable moments. After him, several fast bowlers impressed for Pakistan, but Akramis disappointed with one bowler who couldn’t do justice to his talent.

“Everyone raves about Mohammad Asif. I mean talent that is wasted without a doubt. Whoever I talk to…that kind of bowler I saw after a long time. Jis tareeke se control karta tha ball ko. He can swing either way It’s very unfortunate for him and of course for Pakistan,” Akram said in a show titled “To Be Honest 3.0” on YouTube.

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

Asif played just 23 Tests for Pakistan and took 106 wickets. He also played 38 ODIs and scalped 46 wickets. However, his career was cut short after he was charged with spot-fixing during a test match in 2010. Before that, he also tested positive for banned substances.

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

Asif last played for Pakistan in 2010 and was recently spotted in the US running coaching camps for children.

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