Karachi:The Pakistan Cricket Board is likely to impose a fine of around two million rupees on suspended pace bowler Mohammad Asif for his indiscretion last year, which saw him spend 19 days in detention in Dubai for possession of a small quantity of opium.
Sources in the board today said the three-member committee probing the incident didn't recommend any ban on Asif but suggested imposing the fine in their report to PCB Chairman Ejaz Butt.
"The committee headed by former Test captain Wasim Bari is not satisfied with the explanation given by Asif on how he landed himself into trouble in Dubai last year in June and neither with the fact that he failed to submit relevant documents confirming he can travel to Dubai and was not deported from there," one source said.
Asif was released by the Dubai authorities without facing any criminal charges but is presently serving a 12-month ban for having tested positive in the Indian Premier League last year while playing for Delhi Daredevils.
His suspension ends in September.
"The committee has decided against recommending a ban because it felt Asif has faced enough punishment in this regard as he remains suspended from all cricket since last July," the source said.
He said the PCB Chairman has the authority to reduce the fine recommended by the committee which has also stressed that Asif should be put through a rehabilitation program and steps taken to ensure that after he returns to the Pakistan team he does not get involved in similar controversies.
Asif had also tested positive in an out-of-competition dope test conducted by the PCB before the ICC Champions Trophy in 2006 but he and Shoaib Akhtar had their bans overturned by an appellate tribunal on technical grounds.