Pakistan players clear dope tests
The PCB said that 26 of the 30 probable Pak players for the Champions Trophy had been returned clean samples following testing by the WADA. The rest four will provide samples later.cricket Updated: Jul 30, 2008 18:41 IST
Paceman Shoaib Akhtar was among the Pakistan players cleared by doping tests ahead of the Champions Trophy, the Pakistan Cricket Board said on Wednesday. The PCB said in a statement that 26 of the 30 probable Pakistan players had been returned clean samples following testing by the World Anti-Doping Agency on July 19 at Lahore.
The remaining four Younis Khan, Khurram Manzoor, Bazid Khan and Yasir Arafat were unavailable on the testing date and will provide samples later.
Paceman Mohammed Asif, who is currently challenging a positive drug test arising from his involvement in the Indian Premier League, is not among the players being considered for the Champions Trophy, so did not undergo testing.
The Champions Trophy will be contested by the world's top eight teams in Pakistan from Sept. 11-28 at three venues Karachi, Lahore and Rawalpindi.
Defending champion Australia, England, Sri Lanka, South Africa, West Indies, India, New Zealand and Pakistan will compete in the event.