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Asif's detention to be probed by PCB committee

Asif's detention to be probed by PCB committee

The Pakistan Cricket Board formed a three-member committee Thursday to investigate fast bowler Mohammad Asif's detention in Dubai last year for opium possession.
The committee comprises former test wicketkeeper Wasim Bari, now PCB director of human resources, doctor Sohail Saleem and acting PCB director of media Asif Sohail.
"We had sought the legal advice on this case and the PCB chairman PCB (Ijaz Butt) has formed the committee to look into this matter," PCB chief operating officer Salim Altaf said. "Moreover, the International Cricket Council had also inquired from us whether we had investigated the matter or not."
The committee will start work from Friday and Altaf said there was no timeframe given to them to complete their findings.
The PCB received a copy of the Dubai authorities' investigation from the ICC on Wednesday. Altaf said a legal opinion had been sought on it.
Asif was caught at Dubai airport with 0.24 grams of opium in his wallet and detained for 19 days before being released on June 19. Dubai authorities decided that the amount of opium was insufficient to justify the expense of pursuing criminal charges.
Asif had admitted during an interview with the authorities that he had used the substance earlier in 2008 in Pakistan.
Last week, Pakistan politicians demanded the PCB investigate Asif's detention.
"Youngsters will be encouraged to take drugs if Asif is not banned," senator Enver Baig told Butt in a meeting of the senate's sports committee.
Meanwhile, Asif delayed his departure Thursday to New Delhi as he pursues money he claims he's owed by the Delhi Daredevils team in the Indian Premier League.
"I was due to fly on Thursday afternoon, but now I might go to New Delhi either tomorrow or on Saturday," Asif told The Associated Press. "I have to go and sort out this money issue because I was not paid a single penny."
The suspended fast bowler is also fighting another doping case after he 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, India.
Asif had sought permission from the PCB to go to Mumbai and Altaf said the cricket board has no objection.


Updated : 2021-03-08 21:48 GMT+08:00