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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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Monday 22, Aug 2011

  Gambhir recommends action against dope offenders

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Gambhir recommends action against dope offenders Gautam Gambhir, the prolific Indian cricketer, has expressed his concerns about the growing doping menace that has shocked sporting fraternity of the country in the last few days.

Comments of Indian opener came in wake of eight athletes testing positive for anabolic steroids in the last few days.

Doping in any sport is a concern. What is illegal is illegal. Action should be taken against any sportsperson who is found guilty of doping. Even if a cricketer is also found guilty of taking banned substances, action must be taken against him as well,” said Gambhir.

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.

Tuesday 28, Sep 2010

  Pakistan has more problems than just match fixing

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Pakistan has more problems than just match fixingCricket is a matter of special pride in Pakistan and cricketers from the country have done their level best to portray a positive image of the country besides providing a source of hope for those whose everyday life is both tedious and joyless.

This is best evident from the fact that Pakistanis literally dance on the street when the Pakistan cricket team wins and burn effigies when the team loses a game.

It is, however, a breather for the Pakistanis that former World Cup winning captain Younis Khan and Shahid Afridi, both fearless Pathans schooled in the honor code have not been named in the match fixing scandals.

Friday 25, Sep 2009

  Pakistani cricketer undergoes another dope test

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Pakistani cricketer undergoes another dope testAfter his one-year ban, which started this February, but was backdated to September last year, Mohammad Asif was finally eligible to play for the Champions Trophy.

Last Thursday, the Pakistan fast bowler was taken by the International Cricket Council for a mandatory drug testing.

According to a member of the team management, the test was nothing out of the ordinary. It was conducted in compliance with the ICC anti-steroid policy.

Asif had previous records of testing positive in his doping tests. He tested positive for nandrolone first at the Indian Premiere League and second, at the Champions Trophy in 2006 held in India.

He pleaded ignorance over the use of the substance. He was initially banned but an appeal was made so the punishment was scrapped.

He continued to create controversies, and by June 1, 2008, he was detained in Dubai airport for allegedly possessing opium. He was finally deported and no case was filed against him.

Pakistan will play against India this Saturday but it is still unconfirmed if Asif will be able to play. In their tournament opener where Pakistan played against the West Indies, the Pakistani bowler was also not included.

Wednesday 26, Nov 2008

  Hearing for Mohammad Asif’s doping case set

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international-premier-league-steroidsPakistan’s controversial fast bowler Mohammad Asif doping case will be heard on Nov. 29, according to Sky Sports.

Asif tested positive for the anabolic steroid nandrolone during the International Premier League (IPL) competition in May.

During his initial hearing with the IPL anti-doping tribunal on Oct. 11, no decision was made on his case. The tribunal will decide the sanctions to be imposed for Asif’s doping violation. The athlete could face at least a two-year ban if found guilty.

His lawyer, Shahid Karim, hopes for a quick resolution of the case.

“We have worked on legal and medical aspects of the case and hope that the tribunal will make a decision at the hearing on November 29,” Karim said.

“Evidence will be recorded during the hearing, and we will present testimony.

“It is our chance to fight the case – and we will give it our all, since this is a matter of my client’s international career.”

In October 16, 2006, Asif reportedly tested positive for nandrolone (commonly sold under the trade name Deca-Durabolin) with teammate Shoaib Akhtar.

The Pakistan Cricket Board suspended Akhtar and Asif for two years and one year, respectively. However, the bans imposed on them were overturned on December 5, 2006 upon their appeal.

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.