Asif could be suspended: PCB

Updated: 15 June 2008 12:08 IST

Mohammad Asif could be in for more trouble after he returns home from detention in Dubai as the PCB is planning to suspend the embattled pacer.

Asif could be suspended: PCB
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Karachi:

Mohammad Asif could be in for more trouble after he returns home from detention in Dubai as the Pakistan Cricket Board is planning to suspend the embattled pacer and institute an inquiry against him under World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) regulations.

Asif was detained in Dubai on June 1 for alleged drug possession, while returning home after playing in the Indian Premier League.

PCB chairman Nasim Ashraf on Monday said the Board would carry out an inquiry against Asif once he returns home.

"It is too early to say anything but yes our anti-doping regulations are now complaint with the World Anti-Doping Agency and in this particular case also we have to follow their regulations," Ashraf said.

"We are hopeful he will be released and allowed to return home but since it is an incident involving drugs no matter how small the quantity, he could be suspended from playing cricket until the inquiry is conducted against him," he added.

The PCB Chairman said the board has used all legal and diplomatic channels to get Asif back home.

"I don't know if they decide to deport him or just send him back home. But at the moment our first priority is he is cleared of this case which is bad for Pakistan cricket," Ashraf was quoted as saying in the local media.

"Our lawyer and official met with Asif in detention and he is keeping his spirits high but obviously this matter cannot end immediately," he added.

Topics : Cricket Sreesanth
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