Mohammad Asif in high spirits knowing he is innocent, claims PCB official

June 9th, 2008 - 1:42 pm ICT by ANI  

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Lahore , June 9 (ANI): Nadeem Akram, a PCB official overlooking fast bowler Mohammad Asifs case in Dubai , has said that the bowler was in high spirits as he was innocent.

Asif was caught last Sunday at the Dubai Airport allegedly holding a small quantity of banned drug hashish, and has been in detention for more than a week now.

The chief prosecutor cross-examined the witnesses who were instrumental in finding the banned substance from the bowler. I met Asif as he needed some money and he was still in high spirits as he is innocent, the Daily Times quoted Akram as saying.

Meanwhile, last evening, after a brief hearing, a public prosecutor in Dubai referred Asifs case to the Attorney General who is expected to take up the case today or tomorrow to announce punishment, if any, for the cricketer.

If convicted, Asif could face a sentence of up to four years.

According to the paper, the investigation into the matter has been completed, even as the PCB is running from pillar to post to save the bowler from being prosecuted in Dubai .

Detained since last Sunday, Asif also faces a dicey situation at home as pressure is mounting on the PCB to take action against him for getting involved in a drug scandal that has again brought a bad name to Pakistan cricket.

This is second time, Asif has been accused in a drug-related case. Earlier, in October 2006, he was banned for one year after he tested positive for the steroid nandrolone. Fellow paceman Shoaib Akhtar was banned for two years on the same charge. The bans were however lifted on appeal two months later. Akhtar is appealing a lifetime ban imposed in April for repeated disciplinary problems. (ANI)

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