Asif rules out taking asylum in UK

June 6th, 2012 - 6:37 pm ICT by IANS  

London, June 6 (IANS) Former Pakistani paceman Muhammad Asif says he is not seeking asylum in Britain and wants to return home as soon as possible.

Asif was released from prison last month after having served just half of his 12-month imprisonment on charges of spot fixing.

The pacer told Geo News that he was determined to clear his name and play for Pakistan again. Asif’s lawyer Ravi Sukul of Balham Chambers has taken the case to the Court of Appeal.

“I am training regularly these days. I spend a lot of time speaking to my family on the phone and over the internet. I am hopeful that I will play for Pakistan as I played before,” said Asif.

“There is no question of applying for political asylum in Britain. Those who run away from Pakistan apply for asylum. I want to return to Pakistan as soon as possible. I intend to return to Pakistan and play for my country,” he stressed.

Asif said he was happy with his legal help.

“I am very happy with the way my legal team has dealt with my case. They have done a good job on my appeal papers,” he said.

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