'ICL eyeing Asif and Sohail for next season'
The Indian Cricket League may soon have some more Pakistani players under its umbrella as it is eyeing to sign fast bowlers Mohammad Asif and Sohail Khan for the next season.cricket Updated: Nov 18, 2008 14:48 IST
The Indian Cricket League may soon have some more Pakistani players under its umbrella as it is eyeing to sign fast bowlers Mohammad Asif and Sohail Khan for the next season.
Sources close to the players said that both the pacers were under consideration to join the ICL bandwagon which already has signed some 18 players from Pakistan, the most recent being senior batsman Mohammad Yousuf.
The source said that Asif had been approached with an offer, while the ICL had been given good feedback on the young pacer Sohail Khan who has played a few one-day internationals and has been successful in domestic circuit.
"Asif is pretty frustrated that the Pakistan board has not accepted his request to provide him legal support in his doping offence case with the Indian Premier League drugs inquiry tribunal," one source told PTI.
"Asif is also upset because the Board has put on hold all his payments this year because of his doping offence," the source added.
He said Asif personally was not happy with the inquiry being held into his doping offence by the IPL tribunal and had discussed the ICL option with some players.
The pacer was suspended by the PCB after he tested positive in a doping test carried out in the IPL in June.
Both his test have come positive but the ratio of the banned substance in his sample is different raising questions by Asif and his lawyer about the authenticity of the doping tests procedures in the IPL.
The IPL drugs inquiry tribunal will hear Asif again on November 29 and the PCB has said it can't offer any support to the pacer until he is cleared.
"The ICL is interested in both players but will wait and see what happens on November 29th, a source said.