A magician with the ball, Rashid Latif on lethally accurate Pakistan swing bowler

Rashid Latif said Mohammad Asif was a magician with the ball

Rashid Latif said Mohammad Asif was a magician with the ball

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Former Pakistan wicketkeeper-batsman Rashid Latif said pace bowler Mohammad Asif was a magician with the ball.

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

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

“Magician,” Latif said on Twitter when commenting on a brilliant delivery Asif bowled to dismiss ex-Australia captain Michael Clarke.

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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