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PCB seeks legal advice before Asif probe

PCB seeks legal advice before Asif probe

The Pakistan Cricket Board will seek legal advice before initiating an inquiry into fast bowler Mohammad Asif's detention in Dubai last year, an official of the PCB said Thursday.
"We have asked our legal advisers to look into the report of the Dubai authorities and only then we could further investigate the matter ," PCB's chief operating officer Salim Altaf told The Associated Press.
Asif was detained at the Dubai airport for 19 days before he was released on June 19 last year, as the Dubai authorities decided that 0.24 grams of opium found in his wallet was not sufficient to justify the expense of pursuing criminal charges.
Asif had admitted during an interview with Dubai authorities that he had used the substance earlier in 2008.
The PCB received the copy of Dubai authorities' investigation from the International Cricket Council on Wednesday.
"Yes, the ICC has inquired us about Asif's incident and have sent us the copy of Dubai investigation," confirmed Altaf.
"We will provide them more information once we receive legal advice from our lawyers."
Last Tuesday, Pakistan politicians demanded the PCB probe Asif's detention after it was proved that the paceman had opium in his wallet when he was detained at the Dubai airport.
"Youngsters will be encouraged to take drugs if Asif is not banned," senator Enver Baig had told PCB chairman Ijaz Butt in a meeting of the senate's sports committee.
While the PCB accepted the need for an inquiry, Altaf was awaiting advice before saying what the parameters of the inquiry will be, or the possible consequences.
"We will do whatever is necessary in this case, but we have to wait for the advice from our legal experts," Altaf said.
Asif was due to leave for New Delhi later Thursday to pursue money he claims he is owed by the Delhi Daredevils team in the Indian Premier League.
The suspended Pakistan fast bowler is also fighting another dope case after he was tested positive for the banned steroid nandrolone while representing Delhi in the IPL last year.
He will appear before the IPL drug tribunal on Jan. 24 in Mumbai.


Updated : 2020-12-01 23:30 GMT+08:00