Asif returns home after drug case dropped

Friday, June 20, 2008

After spending twenty days of detention in Dubai, Pakistan paceman Mohammad Asif returned home early Friday as Dubai prosecutors dropped charges of possessing contrabands.

Director Human Resources Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Nadeem Akram and Director Khalid received Muhammad Asif at Lahore Airport who reached here via Karachi.

The 25-year-old fast bowler was held at Dubai airport on June 1 while returning home from in India, and charged with possessing a small amount of opium.

The pacer tried to avoid the large number of media waiting for him out side Jinnah terminal and opted not to come out of the lounge.

According to eye witnesses, as soon Asif cleared the immigration counter, he was taken to customs office and later he was seen resting in VIP lounge of PIA in domestic departure area.

The Pakistan Cricket Board earlier welcomed the decision to drop the case, adding that it is relieved that his ordeal is over.

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