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PCB bans Asif from interacting with media till his ban expires

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Lahore, Aug.31 (ANI): The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has directed tainted fast bowler Mohammad Asif to keep away from the media till his 12-month ban expires on September 22.

According to sources, PCB Director Cricket Operations, Zakir Khan, has asked Asif to avoid the media till his ban ends.

"Asif got call from Zakir while he was training at the emerging players camp in Karachi that since he was under a ICC ban he must avoid speaking to the media particularly about the Champions Trophy," The Daily Times quoted sources, as saying.

"Zakir wasn't pleased when some statements of Asif appeared in the media and he immediately called up Asif to tell him about the ICC conditions," they added.

The International Cricket Council (ICC) had asked the PCB to ensure that Asif was not included in the 10-day training camp beginning Tuesday (September 1) at the Gaddafi Stadium.

Meanwhile, Asif played in a Ramazan Tournament match in Karachi and looked awfully out of sorts indicating that he still needs time to regain match fitness to play in an international event.

It may be noted that the PCB has included the controversial pacer in the 15 man squad for the Champions Trophy scheduled to be held in South Africa. (ANI)

Story first published: Monday, August 31, 2009, 12:56 [IST]
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