Asif drug case decision awaits new PCB chief
CRICKET: RAWALPINDI, Pakistan, Aug. 30: The Pakistan Cricket Board
has completed its findings into fast bowler Mohammad Asif's drug case,
but the final decision on his future can only be taken by the
yet-to-be-appointed new chairman of the board, a PCB official said
"We have completed our work and now it's up to the new chairman to
decide on our recommendations," PCB's chief operating officer Shafqat
Naghmi told the Associated Press.
Asif was detained for 19 days in Dubai after authorities allegedly
found a substance containing opium in his wallet as he travelled through
Dubai's international airport on his way home from playing in the Indian
Premier League Twenty20 tournament.
Naghmi did not detail the findings of the committee investigating
Asif's case. "We have given some recommendations in our findings and
only the chairman has the authority to take a decision," he said.
PCB chairman Nasim Ashraf stepped down from his position only hours
after Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf - who was also the patron of
the board - announced his resignation on Aug. 18. The new chairman of
the board is expected to be named after Pakistan's presidential
elections on Sept. 6. AP