Mohammad Asif's 'B' sample tests positive

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{image-mohammad asif_19082008.jpg}Lahore, Aug 19: Beleaguered Pakistan speedster Mohammad Asif's miseries continue to grow as his 'B' sample tested positive for a banned substance and had approximately 5.4 milligrams of nandrolone traces in his urine sample.

Asif's lawyer Shahid Karim today confirmed that the pacer has tested positive for the second time and added that he will appeal against the verdict. The pacer tested positive for a banned substance during the Indian Premier League (IPL) in May this year and had appealed that his 'B' sample be tested. ''We will surely appeal because the test results of the same samples are different,'' Karim said. While Asif's first test had shown 6.2 milligrams of nandrolone traces in the urine sample, in the next test, which was conducted in Geneva, Switzerland, its quantity reduced to 5.4.

Asif, however, still sticks to his earlier claims saying that he was innocent and was confident of winning his case on appeal.

''I am still hopeful that I will come out clean. It is very clear from the two results which have come out to be different that something is wrong somewhere.

''We will file an appeal with the drugs inquiry tribunal of the Indian Premier League (IPL) and we will fight this case till we get justice,'' Asif said.

He said he did use some medicines which were prescribed to him for his elbow injury before going to the IPL. But he denied taking any banned substances or drugs ever.

The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has already suspended Asif from playing any form of cricket recognised by the Board.

Asif had also tested positive for nandrolone before the 2006 Champions Trophy but, after being banned by a drugs inquiry tribunal, he was cleared by a PCB appeals tribunal.

Asif was also detained for 19 days by the Dubai airport authority while he was returning home after his stint in the IPL for allegedly possessing banned substance.

The pacer can face more disciplinary action after a fact-finding committee appointed by the PCB completed its investigations into the reasons for his detention in Dubai.


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