PCB committee to probe Asif drug case

Published: Saturday, June 21, 2008, 3:35 [IST]
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Lahore: The PCB has constituted a three-member committee to look into the recent drug case involving Pakistan fast bowler Mohammad Asif.

The committee would find the grounds of Asif"s detention at the Dubai Airport, and also look into the charges leveled against him, said PCB chairman Nasim Ashraf.

"The aim of forming this committee is to determine what were the reasons of Asif"s detention and what charges were established against him," the Daily Times quoted Ashraf as saying.

The committee comprises PCB chief operating officer Shafqat Nagmi, PCB director cricket operations Zakir Khan and PCB director human resource Nadeem Akram.

"Until we do not receive documents from the Dubai authorities we cannot comment what were the reasons for his detention. The committee will thoroughly look into the matter after getting necessary documents and interviewing persons involved in this episode," said Ashraf.

The PCB chief said Asif had apologised and insisted that he was innocent and did not possess any banned substance. "I have heard his point of view and he told me that he was in possession of a pain killer given to him by an expert of natural herbs (Hakeem)," he said.

"If needed we will also summon the Hakeem to record his statement to know what exactly was in possession of Asif," said the Board chief.

Asif returned home yesterday after a 20-day detention at the Dubai Airport detention centre after he was found possessing a small packet of white powder, which the airport authorities said was hashish. The bowler, however, denied the charge saying it was medicine given by a hakeem.

During his detention, Asif was omitted from the national squad for the upcoming Asia Cup, which starts in Pakistan from Tuesday.



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