ISLAMABAD (APP) - Former captain Zaheer Abbas on Thursday said Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) should draw plans for Asif’s rehabilitation including expert consultation to address his mental frailties on his return to the country. 

Asif, 29, who took 106 wickets in 23 tests and 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 Thursday, Zaheer Abbas said Asif’s mental frailties need to be addressed and he should undertake a psychiatric treatment as well on his return to Pakistan,” Zaheer said.

Zaheer was of the view that Asif should also 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 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,” Zaheer concluded.

Another former pacer Sarfraz Nawaz believes pacer Asif would find it hard to return to cricket. Talking to APP on Thursday, Sarfraz said Asif and others (Salman Butt

and Aamir) earned bad name for Pakistan cricket and what they have (Asif, Butt, Aamir) been going through would create an example for other players to stay away from these type of things.

“Asif is getting older and the time his ICC ban would came to an end, his age would be of retirement,” Sarfraz felt. Commenting on Asif appealing against the ICC ban, Sarfraz said he finds it hard for Asif to get a breakthrough in his ban although he hopes for the best for him (Asif),” he concluded.

However pacer Asif fans in the twin cities (Islamabad and Rawalpindi) have been waiting for his return since the day he was banned.

Asif Ali said, “Asif did bad, got punished but now his ban should be removed, he deserves a second chance.”

Majid Khan said, “It is the match-fixers who should be kept away from the players as in this way nothing wrong can happen,” he said.

Saima Nisar said, “He is very happy for the pacer and hopes he gets a breakthrough in his ban.”