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PCB says UAE clearance for banned Asif too late

April 13, 2011 - Karachi

The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has said that the United Arab Emirates decision to permit banned pacer Mohammad Asif to enter the country has come very later and counts for little given his seven-year international ban.

Asif was barred from entering the UAE after he was found in possession of a banned drug-opium - while en route home from India in June 2008. He was held for 19 days and then deported after police found the quantity insufficient to bring a case against him.

The Daily Times quoted the PCB as saying that it had heard through the foreign ministry that the UAE had agreed to let Asif into the country for cricket matches.

Asif and fellow Pakistan players Salman Butt and Mohammad Aamer were banned by an ICC anti-corruption tribunal on charges of spot-fixing relating to last year's Lord's Test against England in February this year.

The trio have appealed against the punishments, but there is currently no date for any hearing.


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