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Too early to talk about playing for Pakistan again: Muhammad Asif

Tainted pace bowler Muhammad Asif is confident he can catch the attention of the national selectors once he gets into his bowling rhythm in domestic cricket but it is still some time to go.

Too early to talk about playing for Pakistan again: Muhammad Asif

Karachi: Tainted pace bowler Muhammad Asif is confident he can catch the attention of the national selectors once he gets into his bowling rhythm in domestic cricket but it is still some time to go.

"I don't know what is going to happen in next few days, weeks or months. It is too early to talk about playing for Pakistan. But yes one thing I know once I play domestic cricket and get my rhythm back, I will let the ball do the talking for me," Asif told a news channel here today.

Asif along with Salman Butt and Muhammad Aamir were banned for spot fixing in early 2011 but on Wednesday the ICC said they could play domestic and international cricket once their five year bans expired at midnight on 1st September.

The PCB has sought more clarification from the ICC and for the time being indicated Asif and Butt might not be allowed to play for the Lahore Blues in the National T20 Championship from 1st September in Rawalpindi.

Asif however insisted that he had met all the ACSU requirements and conditions.

"I have accepted responsibility for my actions and have apologized several times for that. I am rehabilitating myself now and want to make a fresh impression whenever I get the chance to play," Asif said.

The lanky pacer also said he didn't feel bad about some former players or people speaking against him or using harsh language.

"I accept that but at same time I only say how can you judge someone without giving him a second chance. I know I have changed and I just want to play cricket again," he added.

Asif, who turns 33, in December was Pakistan's premier new ball bowler before the spot-fixing scandal taking 106 wickets in 23 Test matches with seven five wickets hauls.

"Some people are making judgments too early but let us first play domestic cricket and see how it goes. If I do well fine if I can t do well and impress the selectors so be it. It is not the end for me. But I know what I am capable off I just need some time to get my rhythm back."

"I won several matches for Pakistan single handedly with my bowling and I know I can do it. My belief is if you perform well it speaks for itself."

"Look everyone makes mistakes and I have made plenty of them but that does not mean it will happen again or I can't change myself. But once we have served our punishment why talk about not playing us it would be like a second punishment for us for the same crime," he said.

Asif who turns 33 in December was Pakistan's premier new ball bowler before the spot fixing scandal, taking 106 Test wickets in 23 games with six four wickets in an innings and seven five wickets in an innings feat.

The spot fixing scandal was not the first blight on his controversial career as he has twice failed dope tests and been banned, had a physical fight with a teammate and was caught at the Dubai Airport with a banned substance.

Even his personal life was a mess with his torrid affair with actor and model Veena Malik grabbing the headlines when she accused of being a cheat and defrauding her out of millions of rupees.

"Look everyone makes mistakes and I have made plenty of them but that does not mean it will happen again or I can't change myself. But once we have served our punishment why talk about not playing us it would be like a second punishment for us for the same crime," he said.

From Zee News

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