Asif detained; being deported from Delhi airport

<img border='0' align='left' title=' ' src='' class='caption'> Pakistan's speedster Mohammad Asif was stopped by the officials for not carrying complete travel documents and was being deported back to his country.

Updated: January 17, 2009 18:06 IST
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New Delhi:

Pakistan's dope-tainted speedster Mohammad Asif was tonight stopped by the immigration officials here for not carrying complete travel documents and was being deported back to his country.

The 25-year-old player, who has been dogged by a series of controversies and a dope scandal, found himself in more trouble after he landed at the Delhi airport via Mumbai. Asif was detained by the immigration officials for carrying "insufficient documents" according to sources.

"Asif has a five-year visa issued to him which states he can travel to India as an international cricketer to play in the Indian Premier League.

"But since he has gone on a private visit and not to play cricket, he was supposed to inform the Indian High Commission in Islamabad for clearance which he did not do," the source said.

According to sources in the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) the fast bowler has sought help from the Pakistan High Commission in Delhi to sort out the problem.

Asif, who is a contracted player with the Delhi Daredevils IPL team, has said he was going to India to meet with IPL officials to sort out some issues with them.

After interrogating Asif immigration officials have decided to deport him which means that Asif cannot enter the city and would have to leave for his country from the airport itself.

Asif was orginially scheduled to come to Delhi on Friday but put off his plans without giving any specific reasons. He had initially said that the flight has been cancelled but later said it was due to some other reason.

He left for Mumbai today from where he took a connecting flight to Delhi.

"My visit has nothing to do with the IPL drugs inquiry tribunal hearing which will be held on January 24. This is a visit to meet IPL officials," he had said before leaving for Mumbai.

Ever since making his international debut the highly talented Asif has plunged from one controversy to the other which has undermined his career.

He was last year detained at the Dubai international airport for carrying a small quantity of opium. The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) is already probing that case after ICC intervention.

PCB formed a committee which will be headed by director, human resources Wasim Bari with media director Asif Sohail and Sohail Salim as its members.

PCB chief operating officer Saleem Altaf had said the committee would soon start its probe.

"Haroon Lorgat sent the report and the PCB chairman Ijaz Butt, after taking legal opinion, formed this committee. The committee will summon Asif and after considering every aspect of the case will present the report to the chairman," he had said.

Meanwhile, Asif has been told by the immigration officials since no flight is available to Pakistan for the next two days, he must go to a country for which he has a valid visa.

According to sources Asif, at the moment, has valid visas for England and Bangladesh.

"So most probably he has to go there and return from there to Pakistan," the source said.

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