Ex-cricketers seeing it hard for Asif to return to cricket
ISLAMABAD, May 4 (APP): Former cricketers’ fear that if banned pacer Muhammad Asif’s doesn’t get a breakthrough against the International Cricket Council (ICC) ban then making a comeback to cricket would be hard for him. Asif, 29, who took 106 wickets in 23 tests and another 36 wickets in 48 one-day internationals, was freed from Britain’s Canterbury Prison after completing his one-year sentence on Thursday but still has the International Cricket Council (ICC) ban imposed on him.

Talking to APP on Friday, former pacer Sarfraz Nawaz said he believes pacer Muhammad Asif would find it hard to return to cricket.
“Asif is getting older and if he didn’t get a breakthrough in his ICC ban then by the time the ban would came to an end, his age would be of retirement,” Sarfraz felt.
“Trio including Asif and others (Salman Butt and Muhammad Amir) created a bad omen on Pakistan cricket and what they have (Asif, Butt,  Amir) been going through would give an example for other players to stay away from these type of things,” he said.
Commenting on Asif appealing against the ICC ban, Sarfraz said I hope for the best for him (Asif).
Former captain Zaheer Abbas said currently Pakistan needs pacers and if Asif gets a breakthrough of the ICC ban imposed on him then he can prove vital for the national team. “Let’s hope for the best,” he told APP.
Zaheer further said Asif should be allowed to give speeches to other cricketers regarding the gambling scams of the cricketing world.  “Asif while keeping it in mind of what he has gone through all these days should guide the players of the bad things that can come forth in the world of cricket,” Zaheer said.
Zaheer also recommended the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) to draw plans for Asif’s rehabilitation including expert consultation to address his mental frailties on his return to the country.
“Asif’s mental frailties need to be addressed and he should undertake a psychiatric treatment as well on his return to Pakistan,” Zaheer concluded.