ICC to penalise Asif under WADA rules

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{image-mohammad asif_19062008.jpg news.oneindia.in}Lahore, Jun 19: Embattled fast bowler Mohammad Asif's miseries could further mount once he is released from detention in Dubai as the ICC is keeping a close watch on his drug scandal and said the pacer would be liable to penalties under the World Anti Doping Agency (WADA) rules.

The ICC's acting chief executive Dave Richardson told mediapersons yesterday that the governing body has asked the Pakistan Cricket Board to keep it updated on the Asif issue.''As far as we know he has not been charged as yet. But since the ICC is a signatory of WADA regulations if he is charged then he is liable to penalties under WADA code of conduct,'' Richardson said Asif was detained on June 1 for alleged possession of contraband drugs and so far the Attorney General, who is presiding over his case, has not reached any decision.

An official at the Pakistan embassy in Dubai said the AG would meet Asif's lawyers and embassy officials only in another three days' time.

''So far he has not been charged with anything and we are hopeful he will be released soon,'' the official said


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