Asif clears air, says no issues with IPL lawyer appointment

Updated: 19 November 2008 15:31 IST

Pakistan's dope tainted pacer Mohd Asif made it clear that he has no issues and he would appear before the IPL drug tribunal by the end of this month.

Asif clears air, says no issues with IPL lawyer appointment

Karachi: Pakistan's dope tainted pacer Mohammad Asif on Wednesday made it clear that he has no issues with the appointment of Indian Premier League's lawyer and he would appear before the IPL drug tribunal by the end of this month.

Referring to reports that he had objected to the appointment of a lawyer to represent IPL, Asif explained that the issue has now been resolved and he would leave Pakistan for India on November 27 with his lawyer Shahid Karim.

"The IPL was being represented by Charles Russell but now they have a new lawyer Adam Lewis so there is no problem at all," Asif said.

Reports said that Asif had found it unacceptable that Russell, whom he had previously consulted, was signed on to represent the IPL in the doping case.

Asif said he was confident of being cleared at the coming hearing as he has a strong case.

The 25-year-old pacer tested positive for nandrolone during the IPL's inaugural season between April and June this year. His 'B' sample also tested positive in August, prompting the IPL drug tribunal to summon him.

At the first hearing on October 20, Asif and his lawyer had challenged the jurisdiction of the drugs inquiry tribunal to hear the case and also raised objections over the procedure adopted to conduct the doping tests in the IPL.

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