Asif and Akhtar appeal

The Pakistan Cricket Board has announced that a three man committee will hear appeals against the doping bans on Pakistan bowlers Shoaib Akhtar and Mohammed Asif.

    Mohammed Asif currently serving a one year ban

    "The members of the appeal committee, constituted to assess the appeals of Akhtar and Asif for doping, would have its first meeting on November 14 in Lahore," the PCB said in a statement.

      

    The appeal committee will be chaired by former high court judge Fakhruddin Ibrahim, doping expert Danish Zaheer and former off-spinner Haseeb Ehsan.

     

    Akhtar was banned for two years, and Asif for one year, after both tested positive for banned steroid nandrolone last month.

     

    The duo were recalled from Pakistan's squad in the Champions Trophy in India as soon as the results of the tests were announced.

      

    The original tribunal ruled after three hearings that the pair had failed to prove their innocence.

     

    Akhtar and Asif accepted the reports of the tests and declined  an offer to have tests on their B samples. However, both said they  did not take any banned substances knowingly.

    SOURCE: AFP


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