Pakistan bowler Asif banned by IPL
Pakistan fast bowler Mohammad Asif has been formally banned for one
year from the lucrative Indian Premier League after testing positive for
nandrolone during last year’s inaugural tournament.
“Mohammad Asif was found guilty by the IPL drug tribunal in as much
as a prohibited substance namely Nandrolone was found in the urine
sample from the player during the support period and the match played on
May 30 2008 between the Delhi Daredevils and the Rajasthan Royals at
Mumbai,” the IPL’s three-man anti-doping tribunal said in a statement
published Wednesday by Cricinfo.com.
Asif will be ineligible for IPL or any other international or
first-class cricket until Sept. 21, taking in the entirety of the second
season of the Twenty20 competition. However Pakistan’s government had
already ruled its players would not take part in the 2009 Indian league
for political reasons in the wake of last year’s Mumbai terrorist
Asif had earlier asked to be released from his contract with IPL
franchise the Delhi Daredevils while he contested the charges. His
appeal had been delayed several times.
The 26-year-old paceman appealed against the results of the doping
tests because the A and B samples showed different levels of Nandrolone,
which he claimed was contained in eye drops he’d been using to treat a
Asif was embroiled in another drug controversy last year, when he was
detained in the United Arab Emirates for 19 days in June after 0.24
grams of opium were found in his wallet at Dubai Airport during a stop
over on his way home from the IPL competition.
In 2006, Asif was suspended for one year by the Pakistan Cricket
Board after testing positive for nandrolone, but the ban was overturned
In this latest case, the PCB had suspended Asif from playing domestic
and international cricket pending the IPL decision.
Pakistan Cricket Board chairman Ijaz Butt ruled Asif out of
contention for the national team until after Sept. 21.
“When his ban is lifted, we will definitely consider him for
selection - depending on his fitness,” Butt said.
A three-member PCB committee, headed by former test wicketkeeper
Wasim Bari, is investigating Asif’s detention in Dubai.
“The committee is looking into this and the report will be made
public once we receive it later this month,” Butt said.
The International Cricket Council released a statement saying it
expected all member countries to adopt the ban, which would force Asif
out of Pakistan’s upcoming limited-overs series against Australia and
the Twenty20 World Cup in England in June. Asif has taken 51 wickets in
11 test matches and played in 31 limited-overs internationals.
NEW DELHI, AP