Asif dismisses Delhi airport detention reports

January 18th, 2009 - 10:20 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, Jan 18(IANS) Pakistan’s dope tainted fast bowler Mohammad Asif Sunday dismissed reports of his detention at the India Gandhi International Airport Saturday evening. Reports poured in Saturday night with airport sources quoted as saying that the bowler was detained after he failed to produce necessary travel documents and was later let off.

The 26-year-old pacer is on the verge of bankruptcy and is in India to meet the management of the Delhi Daredevils - an Indian Premier League (IPL) team he has played for - to recover some $200,000 which the team owes him.

Asif, who met the team officials Sunday evening, said he was “pained” to hear news of his detention.

“I was very pained about the reports in the newspapers and television this morning about my arrival to New Delhi,” Asif said.

“I wish to clarify that there was absolutely no problem at the Delhi airport on my arrival. I came to New Delhi via Mumbai and I was welcomed whole-heartedly there and all immigration formalities were concluded there,” he said.

“The media reports about any incidents are inaccurate and I am very happy to be in New Delhi and India once again.”

Asif said he is looking to meet his Daredevil teammates.

“My visit to Delhi is like coming from one home to another. I hope to meet my teammates like Virender Sehwag once again.”

Asif has been engaged in a legal battle in Pakistan to avoid a possible two-year ban over dope charges.

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