Mohammad Asif’s hearing in London on Jan 24

Disgraced Pakistan pacer Mohammad Asif’s request to conduct his drugs inquiry tribunal hearing held at a neutral venue has been accepted by the Indian Premier League (IPL) and it will now be held in London on January 24.

The pacer confirmed on Wednesday that he had been informed about the new date of the hearing by the IPL authorities.

The IPL has formed a three-member drugs inquiry tribunal to hear his case after Asif tested positive during the inaugural Twenty20 event semi-finals and later his “B” sample test also came positive in Geneva in August.

The tribunal that includes former Indian captain Sunil Gavaskar has already held a hearing and was scheduled to meet on November 29 in Mumbai but the hearing was postponed due to the terror attacks in Mumbai.

“Because of the sad incident in Mumbai we felt it would be best to have the hearing at a neutral venue and we had requested the IPL to consider a neutral venue. I am thankful they have accepted my request,” Asif said.

“I am really frustrated at being unable to play any cricket until the tribunal gives a clear decision on my case which is why I am keen to have this thing over with as soon as possible,” he added.

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