PCB to quiz 'Hakeem' on Asif detention case

<img border='0' align='left' title=' ' src='http://www.ndtv.com/convergence/images/thumbnail/ver1/m/mohammadasif2_ap.jpg' class='caption'> The Pakistan board has decided to get to the bottom of Mohammad Asif's case. They will quiz the quack who offered banned drugs to the bowler.

Updated: June 25, 2008 17:56 IST
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Pakistan Cricket Board has decided to "get to the bottom of the truth" in Mohammad Asif's Dubai detention by quizzing the 'Hakeem', whom the pacer blamed for giving him the banned drug as a "medicine".

Asif, in a meeting with PCB Chairman Nasim Ashraf today, said the contraband item recovered from his possession in Dubai airport, on his way back home after playing in the Indian Premier League, was actually a pain killer prescribed by a local Hakeem.

"He (Asif) told me that he had never taken drugs or banned substance in his life and no drugs were recovered from him in Dubai airport. We will even call that Hakeem for questioning to get to the bottom of the truth," Ashraf told reporters after the meeting.

Before meeting Ashraf, Asif made a brief appearance before the media and made a public apology for bringing shame to the nation.

He, however, said he had not taken drugs, nor had any drug or banned substance was recovered from him.

The PCB Chairman also insisted that authorities in Dubai had not charged Asif in any case and clarified that the speedster was not deported but repatriated from there.

"We have formed a three-member in-house fact finding committee to probe into the incident and report back. Based on the committee's report, we will decide if any further action should be taken against Asif or not," Ashraf said.

The committee includes senior officials of the Board, Zakir Khan, Director of Cricket Operations; Shafqat Naghmi, Chief Operating Officer and Nadeem Akram, Director of Human Resources.

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