Asif hopes to get cleared to play

Published: Tuesday, January 27, 2009, 15:10 [IST]
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I will be cleared: Asif

Lahore: Pakistan's controversial seamer Mohammad Asif has hoped that he would be cleared from an Indian Premier League (IPL) doping charge.

The banned paceman returned from Mumbai after his IPL hearing into doping charges was adjourned Saturday to a date to be announced.

''I am quite hopeful that I will be cleared,'' Asif said yesterday.

''The (drug) Tribunal has accepted that it were the eye drops which I used contained nandrolone,'' Asif said.

The Tribunal, which included former India batsman Sunil Gavaskar, lawyer Shirish Gupte and Dr Ravi Bapat heard the Pakistan paceman's case for more than four hours.

''The Tribunal decided to meet again before delivering a verdict,'' Gupte said.

''It's up to the Tribunal now, but my doctors and lawyers have strongly pleaded the case,'' Asif said.

Asif, who has denied any wrongdoing, was granted a release from his IPL contract with the Daredevils last Monday.

''I just want to focus on playing for Pakistan and that was the only reason I quit my IPL contract,'' Asif said.

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