Subcontinental player failed dope test in IPL: Reports

A bowler in the Indian Premier League had failed a dope test, it was learnt on Sunday.

updated: July 16, 2008 17:05 IST
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New Delhi:

A sub-continental pace bowler failed a dope test during the Indian Premier League, reports revealed on Sunday.

One sample from the random dope tests during the IPL tested positive. The identity of the player who failed the test is unclear.

Lalit Modi, chairman of the IPL has confirmed to NDTV that a player had indeed tested positive but could not say who.

Modi added that he will receive the final analysis of the dope tests on Monday.

There is speculation that it could be Mohammed Asif, who had played for Delhi Daredevils.

The World Anti Doping Agency has written to the ICC, the BCCI and the IPL.

The Pakistan bowler in June was detained at the Dubai airport for carrying a small trace of an illegal drug.

Asif spent 19 days in detention after which the charges against him were dropped.

Asif later claimed that since he had cleared two doping tests during the IPL, it proved he had not consumed the drug.

Asif, along with fellow Pakistan pacer Shoaib Akhtar, had been banned from the Champions Trophy in 2006 after they had tested positive for Nandrolone.

Akhtar had also been in the news during the IPL for allegedly carrying syringes in his baggage on his way to India.

The ICC said it would keep a close eye on the way BCCI handles the matter to ensure that the guilty player is brought to book.