Who hasn’t heard of sex, drugs and rock n’ roll? In Asaf’s case however, it has been a case of drugs, drugs and “balle balle!” Mohammad Asif came onto the international scene from nowhere and in a matter of weeks, became an international star. Such was his accuracy and his control of late swing that he was immediately compared with Glenn McGrath. He had a clean action, good height and had all the ingredients to make him another Wasim Akram or Waqar Younis.
But alas, it was not to be. Asif has disheartened fans from around the world because of his failure to put his country before his addiction.
In such a dire situation for Pakistan cricket, Pakistani cricket fans needed a “superstar” who would rescue the team’s precarious standing in world cricket. Asif seemed to be the genuine match winner they were looking for. Consider his strategy on how to get rid of Sangakkara for example, or that ball to Tendulkar that went through the latter’s defences and resulted in the legendary batsman falling on his knees, or the countless times Asif has foxed top order batsmen around the world and laid traps for them. However, Asif is now entangled in a trap himself which might result in him being banned for life.
What will be the future of Asif and more importantly what will be the future of Pakistan cricket? How do we get rid of this curse Pakistani cricket is under at the moment? How can the PCB be blamed for the conduct of players like Asif and Akhtar? Aren’t these players mature enough and old enough themselves to know there is a limit to everything? I have maintained repeatedly that the Board should not be blamed for the faults that lie within the players themselves. If it is really the Board’s fault, why aren’t other players involved in drugs? There is a problem with the character and attitude with Shoaib Akhtar and Mohammad Asif, because they are the ones always in the news for all the wrong reasons.
To conclude, Asif has been a major disappointment. He should now definitely be banned for life. There is more honour in banning a vile miscreant than to keep encouraging him and giving him more confidence to abuse and shatter the feelings of a nation. The intolerable sadness though, is that knowing Asaf’s character, he will not learn and he will not realise the pain he has caused to cricket fans. He will continue to do “balle, balle” and he will continue to blame everyone else on this planet without realising that the fault is within himself.