Asif has chance of getting jail-term
The good news for Mohammad Asif is that his urine sample was found to be negative by the UAE authorities who have detained the disgraced Pakistani pacer in Dubai for possessing an undisclosed ‘illegal substance’. But the bad development for Asif is that he will have to remain in detention at least till Sunday because of the weekly holidays in the UAE.
The worse news, however, for the fast bowler is that senior Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) officials give him just a 50-50 percent chance of escaping from the drug scandal without any punishment from the authorities.
“After having taken a thorough look at his (Asif’s) situation, I believe he has a 50-50 chance of avoiding any punishment,” the official, who requested anonymity, told on Thursday.
Asif, 25, was caught with an illegal substance in his wallet on Sunday at the Dubai and was detained by the local authorities, who follow one of the world’s strictest anti-drugs law.
The Shiekhupura-born bowler was coming home from India after having appeared in the inaugural season of the Indian Premier League.
The PCB quickly threw its weight behind the player, who has a history of drug-related controversies as he tested positive for banned anabolic steroid nandrolone in 2006. The Board rushed one of its senior officials to Dubai and also hired a local lawyer to fight Asif’s case.
In the meantime, other top PCB officials have been ‘working behind the scenes’ to get Asif off the hook by trying to use their connections in the influential circles in the UAE.
But in spite of all the efforts, the Board official’s admission that a jail-term for Asif remains a possibility comes as a big jolt for the pacer, regarded among the best in the world.
However, the official said that the PCB will continue trying its best to get Asif back home. “Our biggest target is to get the player released and bring him back home on the first available flight,” he said.
Asif appeared before a Dubai prosecutor on Thursday on charges of possessing an illegal substance. He recorded a statement in which he said the drug found in his possession was a medicine given to him by a hakim in Pakistan, said the official.
No charges have yet been laid against him but the case was deferred till Sunday as Friday and Saturday are holidays here in Dubai.
The official said that lab tests have proved that the illegal substance recovered from Asif’s possession was in fact some kind of a banned drug and not salajeet as claimed by the player. But the official was unwilling to reveal any further details about the drug. “We are still unaware as to exactly which drug has been recovered from him,” said the official.
But according to unconfirmed reports, a small quantity of opium was recovered from Asif’s wallet.
Re: Asif has chance of getting jail-term
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abhi b jail mai betha hoga na tu akal arhe hogi isko
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