Pakistan's beleaguered paceman Mohammed Asif has tested positive for the banned substance nandrolone, his lawyer disclosed on Thursday.
Traces of nandrolone, an anabolic steroid, was found in Asif's sample when he first tested positive just before the Champions Trophy in 2006 and was subsequently sent back home from India.
This is the second time that he has tested positive for nandrolone and now faces the possibility of being banned for a minimum of two years as per WADA regulations.
"The substance is nandrolone. He is really shocked by the development and we are seeking a 'B' sample test", his lawyer Shahid Karim said.
The immensely talented paceman found himself in a fresh doping scandal after it was disclosed that he had flunked a dope test during the recent Indian Premier League (IPL).
Asif, who played for the Delhi Daredevils in the IPL, has been suspended by the Pakistan Cricket Board for an indefinite period and has also been dropped from the team for the Champions Trophy.
The 25-year-old paceman played for Delhi Daredevils in the IPL which will also impose a ban on him if his 'B' sample also turns out to be positive.