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Mohammad Zahid, the fast bowling coach at Pakistan’s National High Performance Centre (NHPC), has admitted that former seamer Mohammad Asif was absolutely “unplayable at times”.
Many cricketers, including England’s Kevin Pietersen and South Africa’s Hashim Amla, have talked about how much of a nightmare it was facing Asif.
However, after being indicted in the 2010 spot-fixing scandal that shocked the cricketing world, Asif has never played for Pakistan again.
That being said, Zahid looked back at how Asif was able to take wickets consistently “despite bowling around 82 to 83 mph”.
“Having said that, you don’t just need to bowl fast to pick up wickets. Mohammad Asif used to pick up wickets, despite bowling around 82 to 83 mph, and was unplayable at times,” he told Cricket Pakistan.