Asif to face inquiry under WADA regulations by PCB

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Lahore, Jun 9 (UNI) Detained Pakistani pacer Mohammad Asif's miseries continue to grow as the PCB is planning to institute an inquiry against him under World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) regulations and suspend him.

The PCB chairman Nasim Ashraf today informed that Asif would undergo an inquiry once he returns home.

''It is too early to say anything but yes our anti-doping regulations are now complaint with the World Anti-Doping Agency and in this particular case also we have to follow their regulations,'' Ashraf said.

''We are hopeful he will be released and allowed to return home but since it is an incident involving drugs no matter how small the quantity, he could be suspended from playing cricket until the inquiry is conducted against him,'' he added.

Asif was detained at the Dubai airport on June 1 for alleged possession of contraband drugs, while returning home from India after playing in the IPL.

Ashraf, however, said the board has not left any stone unturned and has used all legal and diplomatic channels to get Asif back home.

''I don't know if they decide to deport him or just send him back home. But at the moment our first priority is he is cleared of this case which is bad for Pakistan cricket,'' Ashraf said.

''Our lawyer and official met with Asif in detention and he is keeping his spirits high but obviously this matter cannot end immediately,'' he added.

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