Asif angry at Naghmi disclosure, calls it publicity stunt

Updated: 18 November 2008 16:18 IST

Pak pacer Mohd Asif reacted angrily to the disclosure by a former top PCB official that he was carrying opium when detained at the Dubai airport in June.

Karachi:

Pakistan pacer Mohammad Asif on Tuesday reacted angrily to the public disclosure by a former top PCB official that he was carrying opium when detained at the Dubai airport in June.

The disclosure was made by Shafqat Naghmi, the former chief operating officer of the cricket board who headed a three-member inquiry committee that probed whether Asif had violated the PCB's anti-doping regulations.

Naghmi disclosed that Asif was carrying a small quantity of opium when detained at Dubai airport and that the committee had recommended a few matches ban and fine on him but could not submit its report to the new board set-up as yet.

Asif when contacted said he was surprised that Naghmi had decided to make details of the inquiry public now.

"I don't think this committee has the authority to say such things now. It is the present set-up (headed by Ejaz Butt) which is responsible for everything now," he said.

Asif said he had told the committee that he had been taking some herbal medicine for his elbow problem when he was detained at the Dubai airport while returning from India.

"I think this is nothing but a publicity stunt to get attention since these officials are no longer in the cricket board. I will talk to the board chairman about this," he said. But Nadeem Akram, another member of the committee, said the recommendations they made was for imposition of eight to 10 matches ban on Asif for possessing small quantity of opium.

"It was a very small quantity and he said he was taking some medicines for pain but our inquiry showed he had violated the board's strict anti-doping regulations," Nadeem said.

Topics : Cricket Mohammad Asif
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