Asif expresses shock over his name in IPL dope controversy

New Delhi, Jul 14 (UNI) Brushing aside speculation of being the IPL's first dope offender, Pakistan pacer Mohammad Asif said he was shocked to see his name being dragged into the controversy with no official confirmation.

''I have no clue about the dope test report and I have not been informed about anything in this regards,'' Asif told 'Times Now'.

Asif, who was detained in Dubai for 19 days on charges of possession of contraband drugs, once again found himself under the hammer.

While returning home from the Indian Premier League (IPL) he was intercepted at the Dubai airport, after his stint with the Delhi Daredevils.

Earlier, in 2006, Asif, along with temperamental speedster Shoaib Akhtar, had tested positive for nandrolone even though the duo escaped a ban.

However, the IPL Commissioner Lalit Modi earleir confirmed that a sub-continental pacer has failed the dope test and with reports saying that Shoaib Akhtar was not even tested at the event, the needle of suspicion turned to Asif.

Asif said the WADA report has not revealed any names and therefore, his name should not be speculated for being the culprit.


Story first published: Monday, July 14, 2008, 16:03 [IST]
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