Tainted former Pakistan pacer Mohammad Asif says he wasn’t the primary nor can be the final to have indulged in spot-fixing and may have been handled higher by his nation’s Cricket Board, which gave “everyone a second chance” aside from him.
Asif was banned for seven years for his position within the 2010 spot-fixing scandal throughout Pakistan’s tour of England, the place he bowled deliberate no balls for cash. He additionally served jail time within the UK after being discovered responsible together with Mohammad Amir and Salman Butt.
Asif mentioned he ought to have got a second likelihood like many others, whom he didn’t title.
“Everyone makes mistakes and I did too. Players had been indulging in fixing before me and even after me. But those before me are working with PCB and there are few after me still playing,” Asif informed ‘ESPNCricinfo’.
“Everyone was given a second likelihood and there are few who by no means got the identical remedy (as me). PCB by no means tried to avoid wasting me no matter the truth that I’m the sort of bowler who was extremely regarded by everybody on this planet.
“But anyway I’m not sitting round brooding in regards to the previous or hung up on it.” Asif mentioned he takes satisfaction within the performances he dished out in his restricted profession.
“However a lot I performed in my profession, I made it rely, duniya hila ke rakh di thi (I shook up the world). That is extra necessary for me to consider. Even in the present day, so a few years later, the very best batsmen on this planet nonetheless bear in mind me and so they speak about me.
“Just suppose how large the impression was that I had on the world. So that is what makes me proud – that there’s a motive KP, AB de Villiers, Hashim Amla speak extremely about me. That is what makes me completely satisfied.”
The 37-year-previous, who additionally failed a dope take a look at in 2006 and served a one yr suspension for it, admitted that he “should have behaved better off the field”.
“That is where I had issues. I want to give the kids this message that when you cross the boundary line into the field, your ambition should be to do well for yourself and for your team.” “I was selfish as a bowler because I wanted to take wickets, and that was to help the team win. Being selfish isn’t bad if you’re playing your part for the team,” he mentioned.
Asif remembered the times when he made the ball speak and created a lasting impression on gamers like Wasim Akram and Mudassar Naazar.
“I proved myself not simply as soon as however repeatedly. I got the identical batsmen out greater than as soon as, and it’s not like I bowled one fluke nice supply and by no means did it once more.
“With ball in hand I used to be in management. Moving the ball out and in wasn’t simply a one-off factor. And I didn’t study to do it in days. It took me years and I labored actually arduous for it.”
Asif didn’t like the truth that Amir retired from Test cricket on the age of 27, saying he let PCB down along with his choice for the reason that Board helped him a lot in his troublesome time.
“I curse the PCB for how they rescued his career. But it was his obligation to help Pakistan cricket in a tough situation and he should have stayed, especially when they had helped him return.”
“…If they (the PCB) had done the same with me, then I’d still be available to rescue Pakistan in Test cricket for the next two years. I know there are fitness standards, but I can work that out and whatever is required I can do it.” PTI AT PM PM