PCB to accept Asif’s ban by IPL

February 11th, 2009 - 7:12 pm ICT by IANS  

Karachi, Feb 11 (IANS) The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Wednesday said it would accept the Indian Premier League’s (IPL) decision to ban fast bowler Mohammad Asif for one year over a failed dope test.
The PCB chairman, Ijaz Butt, told reporters in Lahore that it’s a ‘fair’ decision.

“We feel it’s a fair decision,” said Butt. “Asif is an asset for Pakistan cricket and will soon be playing for the country.”

Butt hoped that Asif, who tested positive for banned anabolic steroid nandrolone while featuring in the inaugural IPL season last May, has learnt his lessons.

“Whatever has happened is behind him. He would be monitored and I am sure he must have learnt his lessons.”

Asif, 26, also tested positive for the same substance while featuring in Champions Trophy in India in 2006.

Meanwhile, the bowler’s legal team says their client reserves the right to appeal against the ban that will run till September 21 this year.

“It is a fair decision although we tried our level best to clear Asif,” said his lawyer Shahid Karim.

“We have the right to appeal against the decision, but will decide about that once we discuss this matter between us.”

The Sheikhupura-born Asif, who has taken 51 wickets in 11 Tests and 36 wickets in 31 one-dayers, was not available for his comments.

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