WADA wants PCB to take action against Asif

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Montreal, Jun 8 (UNI) Troubled Pakistan fast bowler Mohammad Asif's cup of woes is threatening to spill over with the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) urging the PCB to take action against the pacer.

''The ICC will come in trouble if no action is being initiated against the bowler by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB),'' Director General, WADA, David Howman, told mediapersons here.

''Though the Pakistan board has not signed directly with the WADA, but the ICC has and being a member of the ICC, the PCB has to do something for this,'' he added. ''At present we are not immediately writing a 'warning letter' to the ICC but would wait for them to initiate in this matter.'' Asif was detained at the Dubai airport last week after a banned substance was recovered from his wallet.

The 25-year-old from Sheikhupura can be charged - even if deported to Pakistan by authorities in Dubai - by the PCB under WADA act 2.6.1, 2.6.2 and 2.7 which concerns trafficking in any Prohibited Substance or Prohibited Method.

Highly placed sources in the Dubai Forensic Science laboratory, has revealed that a combination of two different compounds - opium and shilajit - was found in Asif's possession at the Dubai airport.

While opium is a narcotic substance useful for killing pain in some cases, shilajit - an ayurvedic medicine - is a highly powerful sexual medicine also used for restoring energy within a short period of time.

The use of these substances can only be granted if the possession is pursuant to a therpeutic use.

Asif was unable to produce such medical certificate prior to being detained at the airport and hence appears to be in a lot of trouble.

hIS case will resume in Dubai today after a three-day mourning in the UAE due to the death of a royal family member on June 5.

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