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Veena issue affecting Asif's T20 WC preparations: lawyer

cricket Updated: Apr 17, 2010 14:47 IST

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Mohammad Asif's lawyer has claimed the the Pakistani pacer's preparation for the Twenty20 World Cup is being hampered by the stress he is enduring due to the financial dispute with ex-girlfriend Veena Malik.

"Yes there is no doubt Asif's preparations for the World Cup have been affected by this problem and he is feeling the strain," Advocate Kamran Sheikh said.

Sheikh also served defamation notices to Veena and two private television channels for making allegations of
match-fixing against Asif.

"Both the channels carried interviews of Veena in which she claimed that Asif was involved in match-fixing that is why we have served these defamation notices," he said.

The feud between Asif and Veena has taken an ugly turn with the actress filing a petition in the Lahore High Court
claiming that Asif had committed fraud and cheated her out of Rs 13 million.

She has filed her petition for registration of a case against Asif that carries a prison term of three years.

Asif has denied the charges and filed a counter writ petition in the court against Veena.

So far, the Pakistan Cricket Board has refused to get involved in the matter with Chairman Ejaz Butt insisting that
it was a personal matter of the bowler.

But another official of the board admitted that the coach and captain had spoken to Asif and advised him to negotiate a solution to the feud with Veena to ensure his complete focus on the World Cup in the West Indies.