Asif: ‘I’m Innocent’

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Bowler denies taking drugs

FREED Pakistan bowler Mohammed Asif has denied taking drugs after he was released from a Dubai detention facility where he was held for suspected possession of an illegal substance.

The 25-year-old was held for 19 days in Dubai before authorities dropped the case against him.

On his return to Pakistan, Asif maintained his innocence.

“I did not use any banned substance. During the Indian Premier League, I underwent two doping tests, and cleared both of them,” he said. “If I had been tested positive, the ICC would not have cleared me.”

The Pakistan Cricket Board confirmed the case against Asif has been dropped. A press release released by the PCB stated: “The drug tests conducted on Asif during the investigations in Dubai were clear and negative for any contraband substance.”

The PCB also revealed they would be conducting their own inquiry into Asif’s detention.

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