Doping: PCB likely to set up appellate tribunal

Published: Saturday, November 4, 2006, 23:53 [IST]
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Lahore:As expected, the Pakistan's tainted pace duo of Shoaib Akhtar and Mohammad Asif have lodged appeals with the cricket board and PCB likely to set a new committee to hear the appeal of the bowlers who were banned for failing drug tests.

''I am told that both players have lodged an appeal to the PCB and it is now up to the board to set up another committee to hear their appeal, which, Im sure, will be done at the earliest opportunity,'' former Pakistan captain Intikhab Alam, part of the three-member anti-doping tribunal that punished the bowlers, told reporters.

Asif had earlier made it clear that he was going to appeal against the one year ban slapped on him by the tribunal, while Shoaib's doctor and family members had also revealed that the enigmatic pacer would also appeal against his two-year ban.

Reports here claimed Shoaib might invite some foreign boffins to prove his innocence in the case and informed sources in the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) hinted that the ban might be halved.

Intikhab admitted it was not easy to come out with the verdict that might drop curtains on Shoaib's eventful career but the tribunal had to set a precedence.

''We didnt have any doubts in our minds about what we have announced. They were not able to convince us of their innocence. It was absolutely crystal clear.

''They admitted themselves that they had been taking dietary supplements. They are both adults and players have to be responsible for their own actions. Sometimes you have to take these decisions.

We have done a good job,'' he said.

''It's sad that it happened but now, since we have taken that decision, the youngsters coming up will be very, very careful. We had to set an example.

''If the players just got their strength from good old-fashioned fitness work and didnt abuse their bodies with these supplements, they would still be playing,'' he added.


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