Asif is McGrath in the making: Iqbal
Asif Iqbal says Mohammad Asif, if handled properly, could become as good a bowler as the Aussie.Updated: Feb 05, 2006 14:15 IST
Describing Mohammad Asif as the find of the Test series against India, former Pakistan captain Asif Iqbal has said that if groomed properly, the youngster could be the next Glenn McGrath.
"What a great find this lad is. Properly handled, he could be the next Glenn McGrath, or even better," Iqbal wrote in The News.
The former Pakistan skipper was completely bowled over by Asif's performance in the decisive third Test against India and believes that the youngster just needs to add some pace to his accurate bowling.
"He bowled in exactly the right places and all that he needs in my view is another yard of pace."
The Pakistani great also heaped praise on all-rounder Abdul Razzaq, whose selection in the team was questioned by several experts including him.
"I must put my hand up and admit how wrong Razzaq proved me with his performance. I, like many others, had felt that in seaming conditions, Pakistan would be better served by a third specialist seamer like Rana Naved but Razzaq did the job just as well as any frontline seamer," he said.
"In addition, he stood with Akmal in that excellent partnership that salvaged the match for Pakistan after that disastrous start.
Iqbal also said Pakistan look a more united team now and the change should be credited to coach Bob Woolmer whose efforts have instilled discipline into the "most unmanageable bunch (of cricketers) in the world".
"This side, which till a couple of years ago was widely believed to be the most unmanageable bunch in the world, seems to exemplify the principle of the three musketeers — all for one and one for all," he said.
"And this element of team spirit and discipline is due to the efforts of my old Kent colleague, Bob Woolmer," he added.
"Bobby's job is not just about cricket; it is also about something called man-management and he has shown how it is done," he further said.
First Published: Feb 05, 2006 13:39 IST