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PCB not to help drug offenders in future: Ashraf

cricket Updated: Jun 14, 2008 12:20 IST
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Embarrassed by the detention of pacer Mohammad Asif, the Chairman of the Pakistan Cricket Board has warned that in future the Board would not come forward to help any player, who gets himself entangled in the sort of mess that Asif finds himself at present in Dubai.

Nasim Ashraf held meetings with the Pakistan team management and players in Dhaka on Friday and said that he was disappointed with the Asif episode.

"In future we are clear that we will not help out any player, who is involved in such embarrassing episodes and gets himself linked with drugs or any other unethical behaviour," Ashraf said.

"In future such players will be left to fend for themselves."

Ashraf said a proper regulation and law would be formulated at the next meeting of the PCB governing body to discourage such incidents.

Confusion still surrounds Asif's continued detention in Dubai with PCB offering differing views.

Some officials say his case is going to be heard on Sunday by the Attorney General and he is likely to be deported by Monday while others say Board lawyers in Dubai have confirmed that his hearing has been delayed to June 22.

Ashraf said the Board was still not aware of the complete facts and details of the case.

"That is why we don't want to comment on it at this stage but when we know the full facts, we will be conducting our own internal investigations," he added.