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Asif fails in dope test at IPL: Indian Board

Monday, July 14, 2008


Pakistan fast bowler Mohammad Asif tested positive for a banned substance during random testing at the Indian Premier League, the Indian Cricket Board announced on Monday.

The Indian Cricket Board has confirmed the player in violation during the IPL is Mohammad Asif.

Asif, 25, played for the Delhi Daredevils team in the IPL, a lucrative Twenty20 tournament that ran from April 18-June 1 and featured the world's top players.

The Pakistan Cricket Board had been informed of Asif's positive test and it depended on the player if he wanted his 'B' sample to be tested, the statement added.

"It was also checked if Mr Asif had applied for and was granted a Therapeutic Use Exemption (TUE),"
the statement said.

"It was found that Mr. Asif had not applied for a TUE. A note in writing has been sent to the player and his home board and to the franchisee on the findings,"
it added.

Officials compared the result from the WADA-approved laboratory in Switzerland with data collected by IDTM, the Sweden-based independent agency which organised testing in accordance with World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) standards.

The nature of the banned substance has not been disclosed.

The Pakistan Cricket Board had been informed of Asif's positive test and it depended on the player if he wanted his 'B' sample to be tested, the statement added.

If Asif takes up the offer the case will be referred to the IPL's three-member Drugs Tribunal that includes former India captain Sunil Gavaskar, once the results of the 'B' sample are known.

The lanky seamer faces a ban from future editions of the IPL and possible punishment from the Pakistan board if all tests go against him.

Asif was detained at Dubai airport for three weeks for possessing opium while returning from the IPL in June. But Dubai public prosecutors dropped the case citing "insignificance" and deported him to Pakistan.

Asif, who made his international debut in January, 2005, has so far played 11 Tests and taken 51 wickets at an average of 23.13.

He also has 36 wickets from 31 one-day internationals and 12 wickets in nine Twenty20 internationals.

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