Asif awaits Drug Tribunal's Nov 29 hearing

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Lahore, Nov 11 (UNI) Banned fast bowler Mohammad Asif hopes that his doping appeal will resume on November 29, as the IPL Drug Tribunal meets for the hearing on that day in Mumbai.

''We have worked on legal and medical aspects of the case and hope that after the November 29 hearing, the drug tribunal will reach some conclusion,'' Asif's lawyer, Shahid Karim, said today.

Asif was banned by the PCB from playing both the forms of cricket after he was tested positive for a banned substance 'nandrolone' in the Indian Premier League in May.

The right-arm bowler has filed an appeal with an IPL drug tribunal, which comprises former India captain Sunil Gavaskar, Ravi Bapat and lawyer Shirish Gupte.

The first hearing was held on October 11 before it was adjourned.

''Evidences will be recorded during the November 29 hearing and we will present witnesses,'' Karim stressed.

Karim added that it was important for the pacer that the drug tribunal completes the proceedings as quickly as possible as this is a matter of his career.

''It's a matter of Asif's international career and we hope something positive will come out after the hearing,'' Karim said. Both the ''A'' and ''B'' samples of Asif tested positive at a laboratory accredited to the World Anti-Doping Agency, but with a different concentration of nandrolone in each sample.

However, Asif had not applied for a therapeutic use exemption for the drug.

The PCB has also turned down the Asif's plea for a relaxation in his suspension from all forms of cricket.

A senior PCB official said an application sent by Asif to the Board to allow him some relaxation in the ban imposed on him for a doping offence, which was discussed in the governing body meeting yesterday, but was turned down as his case is awaiting hearing in both Indian Premier League (IPL) Drugs Tribunal as well as board's special committee.

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