Selectors picked Wahab Riaz even though he did not take half the wickets I did, frustrated Pakistan pace bowler says

Mohammad Asif said the selectors picked Wahab Riaz even though he didn't take half the wickets that he took

Mohammad Asif: “The selectors ended up picking bowlers like Wahab Riaz who had not even taken half the number of wickets I had that domestic season and that was both heart-breaking and frustrating”

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Pakistan fast bowler Mohammad Asif expressed his frustration at the national selectors for picking bowlers like left-arm seamer Wahab Riaz over him.

Delving deeper into this, Asif noted that when he returned from his five-year spot-fixing ban and was performing well in domestic cricket, the selectors continued to overlook him.

Asif was upset at the fact that Wahab was chosen ahead of him, even though he hadn’t taken half the number of wickets that he had.

“The selectors ended up picking bowlers like Wahab Riaz who had not even taken half the number of wickets I had that domestic season and that was both heart-breaking and frustrating,” the 38-year-old told Wisden as quoted by PakPassion.

Asif is renowned for being one of Pakistan’s best swing bowlers, but his international career was cut short when he was banned for his involvement in the 2010 spot-fixing scandal.

Many legendary players, such as England’s Kevin Pietersen and South Africa’s Hashim Amla, have admitted that Asif was the toughest bowler they faced.

Asif took 106 wickets in 23 Tests at an average of 24.36, 46 wickets in 38 ODIs at an average of 33.13 and 13 wickets in 11 T20 Internationals at an average of 26.38.

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4 thoughts on “Selectors picked Wahab Riaz even though he did not take half the wickets I did, frustrated Pakistan pace bowler says

  1. Yes Mr. Asif, they selected Wahab Riaz. A thorough gentleman who has never sold our country for bowling No balls, drop catches, or fixing a match. He bowls his heart out even on dead picthes. He was our workhorse while legends like you were having Jail time. He has never been caught for carrying opium in his wallet.
    But yeah, he is not a devastating bowler like yourself. Still he has earned our respect. We like him even if he picks less than half of the wickets picked up by a legend of your caliber and character

  2. Barting with bimmel is the worst site… hamesha suspense main post daithy ho… jb open karthy ha… thu bakwas…

  3. Who likes non-performers or under-petformers? Circket lovers like, indeed love, good performers, preferably proven performers. I honestly wish like Amir, if Asif would also have been forgiven. God alone knows how many mistakes we all make in our lives. Allah is forgiving.

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