Asif to plead his dope case on Oct 11

<img border='0' align='left' title=' ' src='' class='caption'> Mohd Asif's efforts to get a fresh date of hearing finally paid off with the drugs inquiry tribunal of the IPL asking him to plead his dope violation case.

Updated: September 28, 2008 09:32 IST
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Tainted Pakistani pacer Mohammad Asif's efforts to get a fresh date of hearing finally paid off with the drugs inquiry tribunal of the Indian Premier League asking him to plead his dope violation case on October 11.

Asif had complained that he was frustrated with the delay in the IPL tribunal giving him a hearing so that he could clear himself of the doping charges.

"We have got a mail from the IPL saying that the hearing would take place on October 11 and we have been directed to appear in person with full documentation," Shahid Karim, the lawyer for Asif said.

He said that sports medicine and doping specialist, Dr Graham would accompany them for the hearing as he had played an important role in preparing the defense for the pacer.

Asif is presently suspended from playing cricket by the Pakistan cricket Board after he tested positive for a banned substance during doping tests conducted during the IPL semi finals in late May.

His "B" sample test also showed the same banned substance but there was a difference in the quantity of the substance found in his sample.

The Board has said that it would not be interfering in the case as the dope test came positive in a foreign country and Asif would have to fight his case according to their laws.

The IPL has constituted a drugs inquiry tribunal headed by a sports medicine and doping specialist and also includes former Indian captain, Sunil Gavaskar.

Asif who is presently in Karachi said he was confident of winning his case as there were some technical issues with the way the tests were conducted that would be placed before the IPL tribunal.

"I have never used banned substances in my life so I am confident that I will be cleared of this slur that has badly damaged my career," Asif said.

The IPL tribunal had earlier given August 30 as a date for hearing but Asif and his lawyer had requested for a fresh date because of shortage of time.

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