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Tuesday 26, May 2015

  Pakistani Spinner Banned For Two Years

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Pakistani Spinner Banned For Two Years

The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has banned spinner Raza Hasan on Monday after he tested positive in anti-doping test conducted by the PCB in January.

The urine sample of Hasan was collected during the Pentangular Cup held in Karachi. According to an announcement by the PCB, the 22-year-old had been give time of 14 days to appear for the hearing. Hasan did not turn up for the hearing and was subsequently suspended for two years.

The banned substance was not named by the PCB but according to Pakistani media, the spinner was under investigation for using cocaine.

A PCB news release said under the Pakistan Cricket Board’s Anti-Doping Rules PCB conducted in-competition dope testing through an independent collecting agency during the Pentangular Cup held at Karachi and added that the agency also collected the urine sample of Raza Hasan during the match played on Jan 7. It was further remarked that the sample was forwarded to a WADA-accredited laboratory for analysis which, vide its Analytical Report, gave an Adverse Analytical finding for the presence of a Prohibited Substance.

The PCB release also disclosed that Raza Hasan was issued a Notice of Charge by PCB on March 24 which he received in person, and as per Anti-Doping Rules he was to send a written request for hearing within 14 days which he failed to do so and therefore in accordance with the Anti-Doping Rules and with the approval of the competent authority, Raza Hasan is being imposed with a ban that will make him ineligible to participate in the sport of cricket for a period of two years. According to the release, Hasan will not be entitled to participate in any capacity, in any cricket match or activity authorized or organized by the PCB during the period of ineligibility, except for approved anti-doping education or rehabilitation programs.

Hasan featured in a one-off Twenty20 international against Australia in Dubai in December before he made his one-day debut against the same opponents at the same venue a few days later. The 22-year old Hasan made his debut in September 2012 and has played 10 Twenty20 matches for Pakistan. He participated in the World T20 in 2012 and took three wickets in four matches at an economy of 4.93. He last played international cricket in December 2014 against New Zealand.

It is not the first time that a cricketer from Pakistan has failed a drug test. During the 2006 ICC Champions Trophy in India, Pakistan pace duo Shoaib Akhtar and Mohammad Asif were sent back from India after they failed anti-doping test for Nandrolone in testing conducted by the PCB. Akhtar was banned for two years and Asif received a ban of one year. The bans were later overturned on appeal.

A year later, Mohammad Asif tested positive for a banned substance during in the inaugural edition of Indian Premier League when he was a part of the Delhi Daredevils and was also detained in Dubai on a drugs possession charge. He was subsequently banned for one year from cricket.

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Friday 15, Apr 2011

  Mohammad Asif Blamed The Positive Test On Eye Drops

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Mohammad Asif Blamed The Positive Test On Eye Drops Pakistan fast bowler, Mohammad Asif, blame his positive drug test during IPL (Indian Premier League) for a medication meant for treating inflammation in the eyes.

“Asif has pleaded to using Keratyl eye drops for a medical eye condition. He had an inflammatory eye condition which was impeding his cricket,” London-based medical expert Michael Graham told Times Now.

Asif was called before the panel of drugs used for the prohibited substance nandrolone during the inaugural IPL and revealed that the eye drug had raised the level of nandrolone in his system.

Monday 21, Mar 2011

  Mohammad Asif blames positive test on eye drops

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Mohammad Asif blames positive test on eye dropsPakistan fast bowler, Mohammad Asif, has blamed his positive drug test in the IPL (Indian Premier League) on eye drops prescribed for an inflammatory condition.

Asif has pleaded to using Keratyl eye drops for a medical eye condition. He had an inflammatory eye condition which was impeding his cricket,” London-based medical expert Michael Graham told Times Now.

Asif was summoned before a drugs panel for using the banned substance nandrolone during the inaugural edition of the IPL where he revealed the eye drops had raised the levels of nandrolone in his system.

Sunday 30, Jan 2011

  WADA keeping close eye on Delhi race

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WADA keeping close eye on Delhi race

The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) is keeping a close eye on things as India trains doping control officers (DCOs) to keep the games free from doping.

The Delhi laboratory, accredited by WADA, has worked successfully through several curtain-raisers, including the Commonwealth Shooting Championship, the Hockey World Cup, and the Commonwealth Boxing Championships.

Drug Free Sport New Zealand boss Graeme Steel said India is vital experienced and well-trained officials are on the job, much like bringing in top-match officials or referees.

Wednesday 23, Jul 2008

  Pakistan cricketer suspended due to steroid use

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Cricketer steroidsThe steroid nandrolone (a.k.a. 19-nortestosterone) has the nasty, nasty reputation of being detected by the oh-so-watchful eye of anti-doping officials. The latest athlete who tested positive with this banned compound is Pakistan fast bowler Mohammad Asif. Asif is now facing a two-year suspension. This is strike two for Asif – he tested positive for the same drug in 2006 (some men are obviously slow learners).

In order to keep the fame and its attendant fortune intact, athletes must remember these three things: 1) nadrolone is a banned compound, 2) nandrolone metabolites can be detected for several months after last injection, and 3) anti-doping agencies and sports organizations are developing new technology in outsmarting the not-so-smart athletes. The recent improvements in the purification, isolation and analysis of urine specimens make it highly probable to identify even the minutest level of steroids during testing. And athletes really should not ask who’s gonna win in this kind of peeing contest.

AFP files this report on the Asif incident:

Pakistan paceman Mohammad Asif tested positive for the banned steroid nandrolone during the Indian Premier League (IPL), his lawyer said Friday.
The 25-year-old was named on Monday as the player who tested positive for a banned drug during the IPL held between April and June, and the Pakistan Cricket Board suspended him on Tuesday.

It is the second time in his career that Asif has tested positive for the substance, having been found with nandrolone in his system in October 2006 along with Shoaib Akhtar.
“The IPL have informed us that the B-sample of his urine could possibly be tested in the same laboratory in Switzerland on July 28,” Asif’s lawyer Shahid Karim told AFP.
“Asif is very keen to have his name cleared so he is anxious to go to Switzerland because he is confident to get out of this mess and play,” said Karim.

Asif had a taste of trouble earlier this year when he was seized at Dubai airport while returning from the IPL in India on June 1 on charges of possessing opium.
He was detained at the airport for 19 days before the Gulf police deported him after they found the quantity of the drug “insignificant.”

The fast-rising bowler was banned for one year after he first tested positive for nandrolone two years ago, while Akhtar got a two-year lay-off. Both bans were overturned on appeal.
The Pakistan Cricket Board dropped Asif from a 30-man provisional squad for September’s Champions Trophy squad announced on Tuesday.

Meanwhile, Rameez Raza, former Pakistan captain and chief executive, is critical of the Pakistan Cricket Board, saying if the PCB had taken a sterner action against Asif two years ago then they will not be having this kind of problem today. Raza says the recent incident with Asif is casting a bad reputation to the sport.

Raza also throws some strong words against Asif, stating that Asif is solely responsible for ruining his own career.

The site newKerala.com files this side of the news:

Rameez said that it was unfortunate for Pakistan cricket being stormed by controversies one after the other.

He said that the cricketers by virtue of central contracts were employees of the Board against whom severe disciplinary actions should be taken instead of rescuing them.

If the Board gets strong, then it would never fall prey to the political maneuvrings, but Muhammad Asif, when tested positive in 2006, was let off on political considerations and now, first the Dubai case and then the IPL dope test came to the fore.