Pakistani cricketer Mohammad Asif in custody till Sunday

June 5th, 2008 - 5:51 pm ICT by IANS  

By Aroonim Bhuyan
Dubai, June 5 (IANS) The case of Pakistani cricketer Mohammad Asif, who is being held here on charges of possessing drugs, will be presented before a Dubai court Sunday. He will be in custody here till then. “The results of Mohammad Asif’s blood and urine tests have been received,” senior Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) official Nadeem Akram, who is here to handle the case, told IANS here Thursday.

“The case will be presented before a Dubai court Sunday. Asif has not been charged with anything as yet,” he said.

When asked about the outcome of the tests as also the result of the laboratory test on the substance he was carrying, Akram said these have not been revealed yet.

The Pakistani fast bowler was detained by customs authorities at the Dubai International Airport last Sunday for allegedly possessing drugs.

He was on his way back to Lahore via Dubai from Mumbai where he had played the Indian Premier League (IPL) semifinal for the Delhi Daredevils against Rajasthan Royals last Friday.

Dubai airport customs authorities handed him over to the drugs unit of Dubai Police early Tuesday.

His blood and urine samples as well as the drugs found on him were sent for laboratory tests Tuesday.

The PCB had backed the player, saying he was innocent till formally charged by UAE authorities.

The cricketer is currently being held at the Dubai International Airport detention centre.

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