Mohammad Asif to appeal drugs ban

February 11, 2009


Pakistan seam Bowler, Mohammad Asif has been handed a one-year ban by an Indian Premier League (IPL) drugs tribunal after Asif tested positive for the banned steroid Nandrolone last may. The ban will commence from Sept 22, 2008 as that was the date on which the IPL had imposed the suspension order.


Asif plans to appeal against this decision and is reported as saying: “”I didn’t take any banned substances intentionally. I don’t want to carry the stigma of having been found guilty of taking banned substances” instead blaming Keratyl eye drops, prescribed for an inflammatory condition, as the reason for the adverse test.

The appeal looks likely to be based on the fact that the B sample (which also tested positive for the substance) apparently had different levels of Nandrolene in the urine to the A sample. 

The Chief Executive of the International Cricket Council (ICC), Haroon Lorgat commented that: “As an international governing body, the ICC maintains a zero tolerance in the area of doping,” and asked all member federations to ban Asif from playing official cricket for the duration of the suspension.

The Pakinan Cricket Board chairman Ijaz Butt also seemed to suggest that a permanent exile from cricket was not an option: “Once the ban is over we will consider him and also think about giving him a central contract,” the PCB

This is not Asif’s first offence. In October 2006, he tested positive for Nandrolone in an out-of-competition test conducted by the Pakistan Cricket Board (although the one-year ban handed to him was subsequently overturned on appeal after he claimed he had not knowingly taken the substance).


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Associate Professor in Sports Law, Staffordshire University; British Gymnastics Senior Coach

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