Mumbai: Controversial Pakistani pacer Mohammed Asif have been banned from playing the Indian Premiere League (IPL) for one year, after being found guily of using banned drug Nandrolone during the IPL tournament.
Earlier Asif had confessed before the Indian Premier League tribunal commitee that he had taken performance enhancing drug Nandrolone during his stint with the Delhi Daredevils, according to sources. The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) is also conducting an internal hearing when Asif returns to Pakistan.
The three-member panel comprising former cricket captain Sunil Gavaskar, ex-Vice Chancellor of Maharashtra University of Health Sciences Dr Ravi Bapat and leading legal expert Shirish Gupte heard testimony from a host of witnesses and also heard Asif's lawyer Shahid Karim's representation.
Asif, who represented Delhi Daredevils in the IPL's inaugural edition last year, had tested positive for banned performance-enhancing drug nandrolone. His 'B' sample tested in Switzerland had also returned positive for the banned substance. Just days before the hearing, the Daredevils released him from the team following a request by the pacer. The IPL strictly adheres to the ICC Player Code of Conduct in letter and in spirit.
Recently Asif parted ways with IPL team Delhi Daredevils with whom he had signed a three year contract.
"Due to my personal reasons I'm having to take this step, and definitely it has not been easy requesting for this as I still have a contract valid for another two seasons, with lucrative financial benefits," Asif had said in a statement without elaborating on whether the contract could be revived in future.