Asif to seek 'B' sample test, hires a top lawyer

The beleagured fast bowler has sought legal help and is confident his 'B' sample would pass the test.

updated: August 19, 2008 10:03 IST
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Pakistan's beleaguered pacer Mohammad Asif will seek a 'B' sample test after flunking a dope test during the Indian Premier League and has hired a top lawyer to prove his innocence.

"I have discussed the case with Mohammad Asif today and we have decided to exercise the option of asking for his sample 'B' to be also tested," Shahid Karim, Asifs lawyer said.

"Generally the odds may be against us but I think a few legal aspects of this case are in our favour and we can prove Asif's innocence," Karim said.

Without elaborating what the legal aspects were, Karim said they were bright chances that there could have been technical and other errors while Asif's samples were collected during the IPL and he was asked to fill in the prescribed form supplied by the people who took the tests.

Karim said the most positive aspect of the case was that when he met Asif, his morale was high and he was confident of being cleared of the positive dope test.

"He has kept on pleading his innocence and I believe he might be the victim of some error," the lawyer said.

He pointed out that Asif had given dope tests conducted by the Board in recent months and was cleared. "So how can he test positive so soon. Hopefully we will clear the issue with the passage of time."