Asif tested positive for nandrolone: lawyer

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Lahore, Jul 17 (UNI) Controversial pacer Mohammad Asif had tested positive for nandrolone, his lawyer Shahid Karim said today.

''The substance is nandrolone. He is really shocked by the development and we are seeking a 'B' sample test,'' Karim told Zee TV.

''We will fight the case because we believe that our client has not taken any drug,'' he added. ''We will ask for the 'B' sample to be tested and do whatever is required to clear Asif's name.'' The PCB has adopted a tough line on the issue since this is Asif's third instance of involvement with drugs.

He had also tested positive for nandrolone in 2006, but had a two-year ban reduced to a year on appeal.

Last month, he was detained at Dubai for 19 days after a banned substance was found in his wallet.

The positive test in the IPL means Asif is facing the possibility of a life ban. Karim, however, is confident Asif will be able to clear his name.

''Asif is a talented bowler and wants to play for his country,'' he stated. ''He is confident that he will get out of this trouble and play again for the country.'' UNI AB PM2222

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