Karachi:In what could be music to embattled pacer Mohd. Asif's ears, the PCB on Wednesday said there was not enough material to confirm Asif was carrying opium.
In what could be music to embattled pacer Mohd. Asif's ears, the Pakistan Cricket Board on Wednesday said there was not enough material to confirm Asif was carrying opium when he was detained at Dubai airport in June.
Former PCB chief operating officer Shafqat Naghmi had on Tuesday disclosed that Asif was in possession of opium when detained at Dubai airport while he was returning after playing in the Indian Premier League.
Naghmi, who headed a three-member inquiry committee to probe into the Asif case, had said that the committee had recommended a ban of 10 matches and a heavy fine on the pacer but the report could not be submitted to the board as the new chairman didn't give them time.
But, the PCB, in a statement said there was not enough proof to hold Asif guilty of possessing opium.
The statement said Zakir Khan, a member of the inquiry committee, had made it clear that the inquiry committee had met for 15 minutes and no recommendations were ever made. "There was never any report and no material to confirm Asif was carrying opium," the statement said.
"The revelation of Naghmi about fast bowler Muhammad Asif is a crude attempt to malign a Test cricketer and cast aspersions on current management," the statement said.
"Naghmi's revelation about Asif is a gross violation of government service rules as well as PCB rules and are highly unethical irresponsible and unbecoming of a senior civil servant," it added.
Sources in the board said that Chairman Ejaz Butt had consulted lawyers to take legal action on Naghmi for disclosing details about the Asif case.