Former fast bowler Mohammad Asif mentioned the Pakistani pacers lack the fitness to bowl long spells and in addition alleged that they forge their age on paper.
Naseem Shah is the youngest member of the Pakistani Test squad at 17.
- Age fraud allegations have often haunted Pakistan cricket
- Naseem Shah (17) and Shaheen Afridi (20) are the youngest members of Pakistan’s Test squad
- Pakistan suffered a crushing 101-run defeat against New Zealand within the first Test in Mount Maunganui this week
Former Pakistan pacer Mohammad Asif criticised his country’s fast bowlers for their poor fitness levels and claimed that their ages aren’t what they seem on paper.
Pakistan suffered a crushing 101-run defeat against New Zealand within the first Test in Mount Maunganui this week to go 0-1 down within the two-match series.
New Zealand posted 431 and 180 for five declared in both their innings with Pakistan operating with four fast bowlers – Shaheen Afridi, Naseem Shah, Mohammad Abbas and Faheem Ashraf.
20-year-old Afridi and 17-year-old Shah both grabbed four wickets each within the match however were still unable to stop the Blackcaps from piling on the runs in both innings.
Slamming their performance in New Zealand, the controversial Asif mentioned the Pakistani pacers’ lack the fitness to bowl long spells and pointed out the other areas they’re struggling at.
“They’re so aged. It is written as 17-18 years on paper, however they’re actually 27-28 years old because they don’t have the flexibility to bowl 20-25 overs. They don’t know how to bend the body; they turn out to be stiff. They don’t seem to be capable of stand on the field after bowling a 5-6 over spell,” Asif said on Kamran Akmal’s YouTube channel.
“I really feel it might have been 5-6 years since a fast bowler took 10 wickets in a match. We used to salivate after seeing the pitches like the ones in New Zealand. There was no question of leaving the ball as a fast bowler. I by no means used to leave the ball before taking a five-wicket haul.
“These youngsters do not have the knowledge. They don’t know the way to maintain the batsman on the front foot, not give them a single and the way to bowl on the wickets. When they attempt to bowl on the wickets, it goes down the leg-side. They don’t have the management,” Asif commented.
The two teams will lock horns within the second Test at Christchurch from January 3. The hosts have won the three-match T201 series 2-1 previous to the Tests.