Mohammad Asif, the fast bowler of Pakistan, was banned for seven years back in 2010 for his spot-fixing scandal for which he also served jail in England. He has cursed the Pakistan Board of Cricket (PCB) for dealing differently with different players and has slammed the board for saving Mohammad Amir’s career.
Amir, who got banned along with Asif back in 2010 during a test match at Lords against England, has again been welcomed by PCB a few years ago. However, the racist board has not treated Asif the same as they saved Amir’s who is now a part of international cricket has resigned from test format back in 2019 when the team needed him the most. Salman Butt was also among these two players and the trio equally disgraced the country and was jailed in England, however, PCB brought only Amir back.
“I curse the PCB for how they rescued his career. It was his obligation to help Pakistan cricket in a tough situation and he should have stayed, especially when they had helped him return,” Asif said.
“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 told ESPNCricinfo.
“Everyone was given a second chance and there are few who never got the same treatment as me. PCB never tried to save me regardless of the fact that I am the kind of bowler who was highly regarded by everyone in the world,” he added.
“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,” he said.
Mohammad Asif curses PCB for saving Mohammad Amir’s career
He acknowledged that he is happy in what he for earlier. The big names from the world of cricket know his name and were afraid of him. Players like AB De Villiers, Hashim Amla still remember him due to his impact in the shorter format cricket. Asif played 23 Test matches, 33 ODIs, and 11 T20Is and took 165 wickets representing his country.
“However much I played in my career, I made it count, duniya hila ke rakh di thi (I shook up the world). That is more important for me to think about. Even today, so many years later, the best batsmen in the world still remember me and they talk about me,” Mohammad Asif. told ESPN.
“Just think how big the impact was that I had on the world. So this is what makes me proud – that there is a reason KP, Villiers, Amla talk highly about me. That is what makes me happy.” said Mohammad Asif.