Former Pakistani cricketer Mohammad Asif, while criticizing the current stock of Pakistani bowlers, has made a baffling revelation about them. While giving an interview to Kamran Akmal on his YouTube channel, Asif questioned the capabilities of the current bowlers and also unveiled that they are actually quite older than what is mentioned in their official papers.
Drawing comparison between the older generations of Pakistani bowler and the current crop, Asif remarked that they lacked the vigor.
“I feel it might have been 5-6 years since a fast bowler took 10 wickets in a match. We used to salivate after seeing the pitches like the ones in New Zealand. There was no question of leaving the ball as a fast bowler. I never used to leave the ball before taking a five-wicket haul,” Asif commented when asked by Akmal why Pakistani bowlers are not able to dismiss 20 wickets to win a Test match, contrary to the previous generation of bowlers.
“These kids do not have the knowledge. They don’t know how to keep the batsman on the front foot, not give them a single and how to bowl on the wickets. When they try to bowl on the wickets, it goes down the leg-side. They do not have control.”
Asif then made a shocking statement about the bowlers regarding their official age. He said that as opposed to their age on paper, they are actually quite older.
“And they are so aged. It is written as 17-18 years on paper, but they are actually 27-28 years old because they don’t have the flexibility to bowl 20-25 overs. They don’t know how to bend the body; they become stiff. They are not able to stand on the field after bowling a 5-6 over spell,”