Pakistan Cricket Board will file a fresh appeal with Dubai authorities requesting them to revoke the travelling restrictions imposed on tainted pacer Mohammad Asif who was held there in 2008 for possessing a small quantity of 'hashish'.
A senior PCB official confirmed that the board would soon make an attempt to get Asif's name cleared by the Dubai authorities in view of Pakistan's important series coming up in the United Arab Emirates.
Asif had spent 19 days in detention in the UAE and was barred from entering Dubai though no criminal proceedings were initiated against him.
"Asif is an important member of the team. We have some series lined up in Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Sharjah in coming months. We will play England in two T20 Internationals next month in Dubai," PCB Chief operating officer Wasim Bari said.
He said the board had also tried to get clearance for Asif to play in the UAE last year for the New Zealand series, but failed in its attempt.
"We will make another attempt and try to request the authorities in Dubai to remove the conditions that bar Asif from travelling there," Bari added.
Pakistan could also end up playing more one-dayers and even Test series against South Africa later in the year in the UAE states, as the Proteas have refused to visit Pakistan for their scheduled tour in October-November this year citing volatile security situation in the country.