Asif's B sample test on August 18

<img border='0' align='left' title=' ' src='' class='caption'> This is the second time the IPL has accept a request from Asif to extend his test date.

Updated: August 19, 2008 10:00 IST
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The Indian Premier League has extended the date for the 'B' sample test for Pakistani pacer Mohammad Asif to August 18.

Shahid Karim, lawyer for Asif confirmed they had received an e-mail from the IPL accepting their request for the extension of the date.

This is for the second time that the IPL has accepted a request from Asif to extend the date for his 'B' sample test after it was originally scheduled for July 28 and then changed to August 6.

Asif has been suspended by the Pakistan cricket Board after he tested positive in dope tests conducted by the IPL during its inaugural edition in India.

Asif asked for his 'B' after failing the dope test but has so far been unable to secure visas to travel to Geneva, Switzerland where the test would be conducted.

Karim said he was hopeful that they would now get visas by Friday.

"From the word go I have said the tests should be held in mid August as it will give us appropriate time to prepare our case and travel to Switzerland," Karim said.

"The Swiss embassy conducted Asif's interview on Monday and have agreed to issue the visa so that is a big burden off us as we want to be present for the 'B' sample tests that is our right," he said.

Karim also looked unhappy with the PCB attitude on the whole issue.

"It seems the PCB has distanced itself from Asif in this case. According to the board's rules and regulations we are not subject to request the board for any help.

"It is PCB's responsibility or rather choice that if they want to support us and send an official with us to Switzerland or not," Karim said.

He said it was the home board's discretion under the rules to be present at the tests.

"If they want to support him, it is their discretion and then they should send their official."

The PCB had said that it was willing to offer assistance to Asif if he or his lawyer ask them help.

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