Asif named as IPL’s drug cheat
Pakistan fast bowler Mohammad Asif tested positive for a banned
substance during random testing at the Indian Premier League, the IPL
said Monday, but the paceman quickly proclaimed his innocence.
The announcement, the latest in a series of shocks for Pakistani
cricket, comes a month after the 25-year-old Asif was seized at Dubai
airport while returning from IPL play on charges of possession of opium.
The lanky seamer from Sheikhupura faces a ban from future editions of
the IPL and possible punishment from the Pakistan board if all tests go
IPL officials had revealed late Sunday that a league player had
failed a drugs test but did not identify him, saying they first had to
investigate whether the cricketer had been granted exemption on that
The nature of the banned substance has not been disclosed. “The
Indian Premier League confirms the player in violation is Mohammad Asif,”
the IPL finally said in a statement on Monday.
Asif played for the Delhi Daredevils team in the IPL, a lucrative
Twenty20 tournament that ran from April 18-June 1 and featured the
world’s top players.
“I am shocked and surprised because I was extra cautious and never
used any banned substances,” Asif told AFP in Lahore.
“I don’t know what to do. I will decide the next course of action
only after consultation with the PCB,” he added.
Officials compared data collected by IDTM, the Sweden-based
independent agency which organised testing in accordance with World
Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) standards, with the result from a
WADA-approved lab in Switzerland.
“It was also checked if Mr Asif had applied for and was granted a
Therapeutic Use Exemption (TUE),” the IPL statement said. “It was found
that Mr. Asif had not applied for a TUE.”
The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) had been informed of Asif’s positive
test and it was up to him to decide if he wanted his ‘B’ sample to be
tested, the statement added.
Asif’s case will be referred to the IPL’s three-member Drugs Tribunal
that includes former India captain Sunil Gavaskar once the results of
the ‘B’ sample are known.
Last month, Asif was detained for 19 days before being deported by
police in Dubai, who said the quantity of illegal drugs found was
NEW DELHI, AFP