Asif detained for drug possession

Published: Tuesday, June 3, 2008, 10:52 [IST]
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Lahore: Pakistan seamer Mohammad Asif has been detained at Dubai airport for possession of illegal drugs, a Pak Cricket Board (PCB) official said on Tuesday.

'He has not been arrested, he has been detained at Dubai airport. He was carrying this substance in very small quantity in his wallet for the last four or five months and even forgot about it. He is also not sure what it is and it was prescribed to him for treatment of his elbow injury,'' PCB manager Nadeem Akram told mediapersons here today.

"We are co-ordinating with the Pakistan embassy and handling this issue.

"The substance recovered from him has been sent for tests.

Akram later told Geo news channel that Asif had been carrying traditional medicine in his wallet.

''It is a medicine given to him by a 'Hakeem' in Dubai. It had been given to him around 5-6 months ago and he had forgotten about it,'' he added.

Akram has been sent here by the PCB to coordinate with Pakistan embassy officials and resolve the issue.

Meanwhile, the authorities here have conducted a blood test on the pacer but the results have not been divulged yet.

''We have sent his blood and urine samples for test and so far we have not got the results,'' Akram said.

PCB sources said the Pakistan embassy in the United Arab Emirates and the foreign office were pursuing the case and awaiting a verdict from a local court later today.

Asif, 25, is one of Pakistan's most promising fast bowlers. He has claimed 51 wickets in 11 Tests.

Asif played for Delhi Daredevils in the Indian Premier League, but had to shun the series after suffering a palm injury. He was returning to Pakistan from Mumbai via Dubai.

In October 2006, Asif was banned along with his teammate Shoaib Akhtar for testing positive for a banned anabolic steroid, just before the ICC Champions Trophy.

Though Asif and Shoaib were banned for one year and two years respectively on November 1, an appeal committee overturned the verdict and acquitted the duo on December 5 same year. Asif was later withdrawn from Pakistan's World Cup squad with an unrelated injury.


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