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Former Pakistan pace bowler Aaqib Javed has revealed that ex-head coach Bob Woolmer thought seamer Mohammad Asif was a “useless bowler…had no talent, and had no real future with Pakistan”.
Javed noted that Woolmer, who died in 2007, made the alleged comments after Asif’s Test debut against Australia in Sydney in January 2005, where he went wicketless and conceded 72 runs off 16 overs in the first innings.
Following that match, Woolmer, according to Javed, told the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) that Asif would not have a successful international career.
“We all know about the capabilities of a bowler like Mohammad Asif, who in his prime was making the best batsmen in the world dance to his tune,” Javed was quoted as saying by PakPassion. “But, when he debuted for Pakistan in Sydney in 2005, he gave away 88 runs [in total] and came away with no wickets to his name as he just couldn’t adjust to the Sydney pitch. In fact, Asif’s performance was so abysmal that the late Bob Woolmer had recommended in his report to the PCB that Asif was a useless bowler and had no talent, and had no real future with Pakistan!”
Asif has not played for Pakistan since being banned for five years in 2010 for his involvement in a spot-fixing scandal that shocked the cricketing world.
The 36-year-old represented Pakistan in 23 Tests, where he took 106 wickets at an average of 24.36, and 38 ODIs, where he claimed 46 wickets at an average of 33.13. He also featured in 11 Twenty20 Internationals, in which he picked up 13 wickets at an average of 26.38.