Former Pakistan pacer Mohammad Asif has alleged that former Pakistan skipper and one of the renowned pacers in World Cricket Waqar Younis used to tamper the ball for reverse swing. Both have been two of the greatest pacers to have played the game. While one of them has been a member of Pakistan’s 1992 World Cup-winning squad, the other has been a member of many of Pakistan’s memorable victories in the first decade of 2000.
Speaking exclusively to ARY Sports, Mohammad Asif has made this revelation. The channel is among one of the most well-known ones in Pakistan.
“He [Waqar] used to cheat with the ball to do reverse swing. He didn’t know how to ball with the new ball in most of his career. He learned a bit about bowling a new ball in the twilight phase of his career,” he highlighted.
Mohammad Asif further said about Younis that despite of him being one of the best exponents of reverse swing he has not been able to pass that art to other players. he said that he was not able to develop bowlers who could bowl the perfect reverse swing.
Mohammad Asif Slams Waqar Younis
“You know him as a master of reverse swing but he never developed a single bowler who could bowl a perfect reverse swing. These people are in coaching for the last 20 years but they never produced quality bowlers,” he said.
He concluded by criticizing the PCB for not maintaining their bowlers. He said that the board is not being able to rotate its bowlers and give them enough games. Like Asif, Mohammed Amir too blamed the management for not taking care of its players and said that one of the reasons why he took early retirement was because the environment was polluted.
“They lack consistency in making combinations. We have quantity, not quality bowlers. There is a pool of eight pacers and they are being rotated with no plan. This approach needs to be changed,” concluded Asif.