Asif tested positive during IPL

The Pakistani pacer Mohammad Asif tested positive for banned substance during DLF IPL.

updated: July 17, 2008 16:09 IST
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New Delhi:

Pakistan fast bowler Mohammad Asif tested positive for banned substances during this year's Twenty20 Indian Premier League (IPL), organisers said on Monday.

The DLF Indian Premier League compared the result from the WADA-approved laboratory in Switzerland with the data collected by IDTM, the Sweden based independent agency which organised the anti-doping testing in accordance with World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) standards, to confirm the player in violation is Mohammad Asif.

It was also checked if Mohammad Asif had applied for and was granted a Therapeutic Use Exemption (TUE). It was found that Asif had not applied for a TUE. A note in writing has been sent to the player and his home board and to the franchisee on the findings.

The embattled pacer, who was embroiled in a drug scandal in Dubai and served 19 days in detention for possessing contraband drugs, once again finds himself under the scanner.

Asif was intercepted at the Dubai airport, on his way home after playing for the Delhi Daredevils in the IPL.

In 2006, Asif, along with new ball colleague Shoaib Akhtar, had tested positive for nandrolone even though the duo escaped a ban.

IPL Commissioner Lalit Modi earlier confirmed that a sub-continental pacer has failed the dope test and with reports saying that Shoaib Akhtar was not even tested at the event, the needle of suspicion turned to Asif.

Asif, however, insisted that that the WADA report does not mention any names and therefore the speculation about him being the dope offender is baseless.