Play Asif from the first match of CT: Sohail
by CricketArchive Staff Reporter

Player:Mohammad Asif, Aamer Sohail
Event:ICC Champions Trophy 2009/10

DateLine: 19th September 2009


Former Pakistan captains Aamir Sohail and Rashid Latif have vouched for disgraced pacer Mohd Asif's inclusion in the playing XI.


They have asked for for the pacer's inclusion in the playing eleven in Pakistan's Champions Trophy opener against West Indies on September 23.


Both were of the opinion that Asif should be allowed to make his comeback against the Caribbeans to ease him out for the big matches against India and Australia.


"It would be wise to play him against the West Indies so that he gets a feel of international cricket and is ready for the two big matches. It would be injustice if he is asked to play his first game against India," Sohail said.


Sohail said he rated Asif as one of the best new ball bowlers he has seen in his career and since he is in the 15 he should be played from the start of the tournament.


Latif, who worked on Asif's fitness during a conditioning camp in Karachi, said the game against West Indies will give the selectors a fair idea about Asif's fitness ahead of the crucial ties against India and Australia.


"Asif has worked hard on his fitness and in due course of time he will get 100 percent match fit. But I think it would be better to try him out against the West Indies as it will give the tour selectors a better idea of whether he is ready for the two big games," the former wicketkeeper said.


Meanwhile, former chief selector Salahuddin Ahmed also backed Asif's inclusion in the playing eleven in Pakistan's tournament opener and said the selection committee had picked the best possible side for the tournament.


"He (Asif) is our best bowler and there is no use of holding him back. He is mature enough to handle the pressure of international cricket," he said.


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