Asif made his International debut in 2005; against Australia. A wicketless game at Sydney was not the start he would have hoped for but the raw product was there to see. By 2006, Asif had become a household name. Performances against India in Karachi and Sri Lanka in Kandy were some of the best seen. It seemed Asif could pitch the ball on the same spot at will every time and make the ball talk his language.
At moments of great enthusiasm it seemed to me that no one in the world has ever made something this beautiful and pleasing to the eye than seeing Asif bowling at his pomp. The in-swingers that Asif bowled were near unplayable; he along with Glen McGrath revolutionised people’s opinions that you had to bowl at 140+ to be feared.
Yet what did come with Asif was extra baggage. He failed a drugs test in October 2006 along with Shoaib Akhtar. This was on the eve of the ICC Champions Trophy and both players had to be dropped. There was an incident of Asif being hit by Akhtar with a bat in 2007 and he was caught in possession of drugs in Dubai Airport; returning to Pakistan from the IPL.