PCB tell Asif: ‘You’re on your Own’

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Board will not provide help to bowler

THE PAKISTAN Cricket Board has told Mohammed Asif he will not have their support as he fights yet another drugs scandal.

It was revealed yesterday the 25-year-old failed a random drugs test during the Indian Premier League.

It comes just weeks after Asif was released from a Dubai detention facility after allegedly being caught in possession of a banned substance as he made his way back to Pakistan from the IPL tournament.

The PCB assisted the player during his detention and managed to secure his release after 19 days.

But the PCB’s chief operating officer Shafqat Naghmi said this time Asif would have fight to clear his name on his own.

Speaking to Pakistan’s The News he said: “Our policy on dope offenders is very clear. The board will not provide any kind of help to Asif and he will have to fight his case himself”.

“We cannot afford any more negative publicity.”

In 2006 Asif and fellow bowler successfully appealed one and two year bans respectively after a drugs test found traces of the banned substance Nandrolone.

If Asif is found guilty in this latest scandal he could face a life ban.

The International Cricket Council (ICC) said the issue was now the responsibility of the Board of Cricket Control India and hoped they would “deal with the process in a timely and fair manner”.

 

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