Asif tested positive, faces two-year ban

<img border='0' align='left' title=' ' src='' class='caption'> Mohammad Asif, named as the player who tested positive in an IPL dope test, faces a ban of two years from international cricket.

Updated: July 17, 2008 16:10 IST
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New Delhi:

Pakistani medium fast bowler Mohammad Asif was again at the centre of doping scandal after it was disclosed that he had tested positive in a drug test during the IPL tournament, an offence punishable upto two years' ban on playing international cricket.

The immensely talented Asif, whose nagging accuracy has troubled batsmen, played for Delhi Daredevils in the IPL tournament during which eight players are said to have been subjected to random testing in accordance to World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) standards. He is the only one to test positive.

The IPL announced on Monday that Asif, who was detained for 19 days on the charge of carrying contraband drugs in Dubai where he landed from Mumbai after the tournament, has been informed of the "adverse analytical findings" which constituted a violation of WADA Codes.

Asif has the right to request that the B sample, supplied by him at the time of A sample, be analysed. In case of such a request, he and his representative along with an IPL official will have the right to attend the opening and analysis of it.

Once the results of the B sample are obtained it would be referred to the IPL drug tribunal, which consists of former India captain Sunil Gavaskar, ex-vice chancellor of Maharashtra University of Health Sciences Dr Ravi Bapat and a leading lawyer Shirish Gupte.

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