Karachi:Disgraced Pakistan pace bowler Mohammad Asif is free to enter Dubai according to an independent report received by the Cricket Board.
Asif was detained in Dubai for 19 days last year on possession of 0.24 grams of opium but no criminal case or charges were filed against the bowler and he returned home. He denied using opium in his statement to the Dubai authorities.
PCB authorities decided to engage a law firm for a fresh probe into the incident after the previous one by the Dubai public prosecutor was leaked by the former Board officials.
The PCB felt that with former Board officials having leaked out the old report, it would have been difficult to reach a conclusion without fresh and unbiased feedback from authorities in Dubai.
"The fresh report from the law firm has now been received and is in possession of the board and its lawyer," one well-informed source said.
The inquiry committee is due to meet on Thursday and have also summoned Asif for the hearing.
The committee has to submit a report to board Chairman Ejaz Butt as soon as possible outlining if there should be any penalties imposed on Asif or whether he should be pardoned for his detention case in Dubai.
A well informed source said that in the new report, the law firm has apparently given a clean chit to the fast bowler who at the moment is suspended by the board for failing a dope test in the Indian Premier League last year.
"The report makes it clear that a wrong impression has been created that Asif can't enter Dubai again. They say since he was cleared of any criminal misconduct or possession of drugs so he can enter Dubai," the source said.