Finally, life might be brightening up for dope-tainted Pakistan pacer Mohammad Asif who has not only received his dues from the Indian Premier League (IPL) but is also likely to escape any penalties from the inquiry committee probing his 19-days detention in Dubai last year.
Sources close to the bowler and the Pakistan Cricket Board have said that the PCB officials want to take a lenient view on Asif’s detention in Dubai last June for possession of 0.24 grams of opium.
“Some members of the inquiry committee feel that he should be financially penalised as he has not yet given documents from Dubai authorities confirming he can travel to Dubai. But senior board officials feel he has already suffered enough since last year because of his indiscretions,” one source said.
The inquiry committee headed by PCB Director, Human Resources, Wasim Bari is expected to give its report to the board Chairman Ejaz Butt on the Dubai detention case later this week.
Asif who is presently serving a 12-month ban from the IPL drugs inquiry tribunal for failing a dope test last year during the tournament has not played any cricket since July, 2008.
The PCB had suspended him from all forms of the game in July after Asif was tested positive for a banned substance while the IPL tribunal announced its 12-month ban in January, stating that his punishment was effective from from September last year.
In another positive development, Asif, whose contract was ended by his franchise Delhi Daredevils after he was tested positive, also received all his outstanding dues from the cash-rich league.
“Asif has got is dues from the IPL team which is a big relief for him since he has not been paid anything including his central contract salary by the PCB since last year after getting entangled in different controversies,” one source said.