Asif suspended, will have nothing to do with cricket

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Jul 15, 2008 at 07:57pm IST

Lahore: The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) on Tuesday suspended pacer Mohammad Asif from all cricket a for an indefinite period following his positive dope test in the inaugural Indian Premier League.

Asif, who was also left out of the 30-member list of probables for the Champions Trophy, will not be allowed to take part or associate himself with any activity related with PCB, ICC or ICC members until a final decision on his dope result is reached.

"The PCB hereby suspends Mohammad Asif with immediate effect from participating in cricket including its organisation, administration and promotion conducted by or under the auspices of PCB, ICC or ICC members until final decision which includes appeal," PCB Chief Operating Officer Shafqat Naghmi told a press conference here.

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Naghmi said PCB has a zero tolerance towards doping and condemns any such practice in all forms and manifestations. "PCB is WADA compliant and has a comprehensive Anti Doping Policy which extends to all cricketers under the jurisdiction of PCB," he said.

He said that the PCB will offer any assistance asked by IPL Drug Tribunal and is under obligation to recognise and enforce any penalty pursuant to the Anti-Doping regulations of the ICC and its members.

"The board shall offer every reasonable assistance to ICC and other ICC members as they may require for the implementation and enforcement of their Anti Doping regulations," he said.

"We will also be closely associated with the proceedings of BCCI/IPL Drugs Tribunal as under schedule 2 item 9 of the ICC Anti Doping Code. PCB is entitled to attend the proceedings of the IPL Drug Tribunal as it has a legitimate interest in the outcome of the hearing," he said.

Asif will have the right to appeal under the ICC anti-doping policy. The PCB will also offer all assistance to IPL Drugs tribunal on the issue and will implement its final decision.

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