Mohammad Asif’s Indian Premier League (IPL) hearing on Saturday

The Indian Premier League (IPL) is most likely to ban Mohammad Asif for life after he tested positive for a banned substance during the semifinals of the tournament last year.

The hearing will be held on Saturday at the Cricket Centre, office of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) at 11 am, where Asif will be represented by his Karachi-based lawyer Shahid Karim, who is in Mumbai along with the cricketer. Asif, it is learnt, has also gone ahead and hired an Indian lawyer to assist Karim.

Meanwhile, the IPL tribunal that will hear Asif’s case includes former India batsman Sunil Gavaskar, advocate Shirish Gupte and Dr Ravi Bapat. It is learnt that Asif personally has also given up any hope of playing in the IPL, especially after he parted ways with Delhi Daredevils a few days ago.

His priority now is to get back to playing domestic cricket in Pakistan for which he needs to get over with the IPL hear as soon as possible.

The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has also called for an internal hearing when Asif returns home and has denied the International Cricket Council (ICC) an opportunity to get involved.

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