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Asif appears before PCB committee

Karachi: Mohammad Asif has appeared before a Pakistan Cricket Board committee probing his 19-day detention in Dubai last June for possession of opium.

The three-member inquiry committee held its first meeting on Thursday in Lahore in which they recorded Asif’s statement.

“Asif gave his statement and produced documents indicating he had a visa to visit Dubai and negating reports he couldn’t travel to Dubai again after he was deported following his detention last year,” PCB chief operating officer Saleem Altaf said.

He said the inquiry committee would meet again on February 6 to take a decision and recommend it to the board. The board has already obtained a report on the incidents leading up to and during Asif’s detention in Dubai from a law firm in Dubai.

Asif was released from detention without criminal charges against the pacer for possession of of 0.24 grams of opium. The prosecutor described the quantity of opium found in Asif’s possession as not significant enough to warrant a criminal case.

An IPL official also confirmed that the IPL drugs inquiry tribunal that is looking into the pacer bowler’s failed dope test will give its verdict on February 1. — PTI

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