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Pakistan pace bowler Mohammad Asif has lashed out at the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) and national selectors for continuing to overlook him, even after he has put up a host of strong performances on the domestic circuit.
Asif has been excelling in Pakistan’s domestic competitions for a couple of seasons and has recently been representing the Water and Power Development Authority in the Departmental One Day Cup and Quaid-e-Azam Trophy, which is the country’s first-class competition.
In the Departmental One Day Cup, Asif took three wickets in five matches at an average of 52.
However, he fared a lot better in the Quaid-e-Azam Trophy as he claimed 18 wickets in four matches, which included two five-wicket hauls, at an average of 17.61.
Given his excellent run of form, especially in the Quaid-e-Azam Trophy, Asif has questioned why he is not getting the chance to represent Pakistan again.
“I performed very well in the previous domestic season, picking up some 45 wickets in seven matches. However, no one called me up and I am getting completely ignored, which is unjust and should not happen,” he was quoted as saying by the Business Recorder.
Asif was banned for five years for his involvement in a spot-fixing scandal in 2010 with former Pakistan captain Salman Butt and left-arm seamer Mohammad Amir.
While Butt has not played for Pakistan since, Amir has returned to the national team and has become a regular face in all three formats.
With this in mind, Asif pointed out why the PCB and national selectors are giving Amir numerous opportunities while ignoring him and Butt, who have been two of the most consistent performers in domestic cricket.
“If you are giving opportunities to one person [Mohammad Amir], others should be given the same opportunity as well. It is double standards from the Pakistan Cricket Board [PCB] and cricket selectors as well,” he said.