Former captains Aamir Sohail and Rashid Latif have vouched for disgraced pacer Mohammad Asif's inclusion in the playing eleven in Pakistan's Champions Trophy opener against West Indies on September 23.
Both Sohail and Latif were of the view 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.
The former left-handed opener said he rated Asif as one of the best new ball bowlers he had ever seen in his career and once the selectors have included him in the 15-member squad, 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 ties against India and Australia.