Asif’s flight to Delhi cancelled

January 15th, 2009 - 9:15 pm ICT by IANS  

Karachi, Jan 15 (IANS) Pakistan’s dope-tainted pacer Mohammad Asif failed to fly to New Delhi Thursday after his flight to the Indian capital was cancelled.Asif, 26, was scheduled to proceed to New Delhi to meet the management of Delhi Daredevils - an Indian Premier League (IPL) team - to sort out a pending amount of $200,000 which the team owes to the fast bowler.

The amount was held up by the IPL franchise after Asif was suspended after failing a dope test carried out in May 2008 during the inaugural Twenty20 league.

Asif, currently engaged in an expensive legal battle to avoid a possible two-year ban over doping, said it was very important for him to resolve the issue of outstanding payment with the Daredevils, claiming that he was on the verge of bankruptcy.

“I was really looking forward to the meeting in Delhi but unfortunately my flight got cancelled,” said a frustrated Asif. “My travel agent is trying to get me a flight to Delhi from Karachi tomorrow.”

Asif said he was also looking ahead to a IPL doping tribunal hearing lined up in Mumbai Jan 24. He said he was desperate because of a prolonged suspension from international cricket and wants to get himself cleared to resume his career.

“Cricket is my bread and butter and I have to resume my career, otherwise I’m finished,” he lamented.

The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has suspended Asif from all cricket and has started a inquiry against the pacer, who was detained for 19 days in Dubai last year on charges of opium possession.

The PCB has held up a combined payment of Rs.5 million it owed to Asif as his share in sponsorship and match fees. It is also pressing the player to pay up Rs.6.3 million which the board spent on his legal defense during the Dubai detention.

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