Asif gets year-long IPL ban
Pakistan fast bowler out of league after testing positive for nandrolone last year.
Last Modified: 11 Feb 2009 08:28 GMT

Asif tested positive while playing for the Delhi Daredevils [AFP]
Pakistan fast bowler Mohammad Asif has been banned from the lucrative Indian Premier League for one year after failing a 2008 drugs test.

Asif, 26, was initially suspended last May after testing positive for the banned anabolic steroid nandrolone in the inaugural edition of the Twenty20 league.

The paceman, who was also banned by the Pakistan Cricket Board following the positive drug test, quit the league a week before his appeal against the charges last month.

The International Cricket Council (ICC) said on Wednesday it expected all member boards to enforce the ban.

Found guilty

"Mohammad Asif was found guilty... in as much as a prohibited substance namely nandrolone was found in the urine sample extracted from the player during the support period and the match played on May 30, 2008," a statement from the organisers said.

"The year's ineligibility for Mohammad Asif will be from September 22, 2008, as that was the date when the league had imposed the suspension order, post which the cricketer has not been allowed to play any match."

The player has denied any wrongdoing although both urine samples showed traces of the banned substance above the permissible limit.

"As an international governing body, the ICC maintains a zero tolerance in the area of doping," ICC chief executive Haroon Lorgat said in a statement.

Lorgat also confirmed cricket's governing body had been informed of the decision by the Indian league tribunal.

"The ICC has yet to consider the written reasons for the decision in the matter and will make no further comment at this stage."

Asif, who has played 11 Tests and 31 one-day internationals since his Pakistan debut in early 2005, was also detained for 19 days in Dubai last June after customs officials found opium in his wallet while returning home from playing in the league.

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