Hearing on Asif adjourned for four weeks

<img border='0' align='left' title=' ' src='http://www.ndtv.com/convergence/images/thumbnail/ver1/m/mohammadasif.jpg' class='caption'> Mohammed Asif by the Indian Premier League's Drugs Inquiry Tribunal was inconclusive and adjourned for four weeks.

Updated: October 14, 2008 11:35 IST
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The day-long preliminary hearing of Pakistan and Delhi Daredevils pacer Mohammed Asif by the Indian Premier League's Drugs Inquiry Tribunal on Saturday was inconclusive and adjourned for four weeks amid question marks over the body's jurisdiction in dealing with this case.

"Right through the day's hearing the interim objections raised by Asif's advocate (Shahid Karim) on the maintainability of the case by the Tribunal was taken up and I have reserved my order on it for four or five days," said tribunal member and lawyer Shirish Gupte after the day's proceedings at the Cricket Board's headquarters on Saturday.

Gupte said that Asif's team, consisting of lawyer Karim and British Sports Medicine specialist Dr Michael Graham, objected that the IPL had no locus standi to decide on the case as there was another anti-doping authority to deal with it.

"Their objection is that the IPL Tribunal has no right to prosecute him or hear the case as there's another anti-doping unit to deal with it," said Gupte.

"Recording of evidence and witnesses will start after four weeks, probably on November 11, but the date has not been decided," Gupte said.

The three-member IPL Tribunal is constituted by Gupte, former India captain Sunil Gavaskar and Dr Ravichandra Bapat, ex-vice chancellor of Mumbai University's Health Sciences.

Asif was suspended by the Pakistan Cricket Board two months ago after he tested positive for a banned substance while playing in the IPL, held between April 18 and June 1, and his 'B' sample also showed up the same result.

He will face a two-year ban if found guilty.

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