PCB to decide on Asifs fate today

June 8th, 2008 - 12:18 pm ICT by ANI  

Islamabad, June 8 (ANI): Even after detained Pakistan fast bowler Mohammad Asifs urine test was found negative, the Pakistan Cricket Board will decide today whether he would be charged with possession of drugs or allowed to return home.

PCB authorities are trying their every bit to defend the bowler, and are apprehensive that he has only 50 percent chances of escaping punishment, which include jail term.

The factual position is that at the moment he is under detention and the prosecutor has confirmed that the substance found with him was opium. Asif says he didn’t know how it got into his wallet, a senior official of the board said.

The prosecutor has to decide on Sunday if there is a strong enough case and evidence to try Asif for possession of drugs. He is now under the laws of Dubai and we are keeping our fingers crossed, he added.

The official said indications were that Asif might have to remain in detention for a bit longer as the prosecutor could allow customs and police officials to carry out more investigations and further question Asif.

Meanwhile, top PCB officials have been working behind the scenes to get Asif off the hook by trying to use their connections in the influential circles in the UAE. But, in spite of all the efforts, the Board officials admission that a jail-term for Asif remains a possibility comes as a big jolt for the pacer.

Asif (25) was caught with an illegal substance in his wallet on last Sunday at Dubai and was detained by the local authorities. At the time of being caught, the bowler was coming home from India after having appeared in the inaugural season of the Indian Premier League. (ANI)

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