Asif rolls back the years as Lahore Whites draw four in four

Mohammad Asif in his delivery step © AFP

Asif regresses the years

Remember that snake swing, those in buckets, that cut the ball in any direction and that mocking arrogance? Do you remember Mohammad Asif? Now he is 35 years old, playing for WAPDA, and although he lost five years in his career between 2010 and 2015, he refused to fade. After missing three rounds of the ongoing Quaid-e-Azam trophy, he returned with a five wicket run against Rawalpindi in the first inning to establish a victory. He finished with match figures of 7 for 71, with Ehsan Adil taking 9 for 100 as WAPDA beat Rawalpindi for 7 wickets.

Since his return to cricket, Asif has not really made a serious attempt to play international cricket, but when he has the ball in his hand, he can still make a difference. His physical condition has been a great obstacle and his desire has undoubtedly been reduced. But the sheer magic of his past representations means that although Asif is a shadow of that former self, any excuse for another opportunity to indulge that nostalgia is fully accepted.

Hafeez strives for the traction of his career

As Pakistan sought the transition to youth in the international setting, the experienced Mohammad Hafeez was one of those who got lost. It was ignored by the Test and ODI teams in the midst of planning the World Cup in 2019 in Pakistan. On the eve of Pakistan announcing the test squad for the series against Australia, the Pakistan coaches appointed their test squad for Australia's next two-game test series, Hafeez hit a double hundred against Peshawar at red-hot in Faisalabad. His 213 of the 327 balls led Sui Northern Gas Pipelines Limited to 472 after they let Peshawar escape by 176. In the second possibility, Peshawar was sent off for 191; Hafeez took three for 41 as SNGPL won by one chance – it was Peshawar's first defeat of the season.

Woe to Lahore

. There are three teams that have yet to register a victory this year, and two of them are from Lahore. Interestingly, the Lahore Whites are also one of only three sides of the competition that did not lose a game. In a tournament often selected for minefields of pitches that see the end of the games within two days, the four games of the targets have ended as draws. This particular round saw them acquire one side of KRL in what can only be described as a game designed specifically to keep fanatics away; three of the four innings ended with an execution rate below two above, and when KRL had the opportunity to take advantage of the game in the final innings, they preferred to limp for the safety of a draw. They worked up to 90 for 4 in 55 overs and needed 194 to win. There may be times to mourn the lack of crowds in the QeA trophy, but this was a day to celebrate that; Anyone who looks at it will most likely have been discouraged by cricket.

Umar Farooq is a correspondent for ESPNcricinfo in Pakistan

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