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Mohd Asif claims he has been implicated

The Pakistani fast bowler, who is in detention at the Dubai airport for possessing drugs, claims he has been implicated because he slapped an airport official.
PTI | By HT Correspondent, Karachi
UPDATED ON JUN 03, 2008 08:26 PM IST

The Mohammad Asif detention case took a new turn on Tuesday with the pacer, accused of and detained for drug possession, claiming he had been implicated following his brawl with some officials at the Dubai airport.

'Express' television channel claimed to have spoken to Asif who is under detention at the Dubai airport at the moment in which he told them that he had reached Dubai from Mumbai on Sunday a bit tipsy.

Asif claimed he was a bit drunk and got into an argument with airport officials which led to a brawl and he slapped one of them.

The channel said the pacer had told them that the authorities recovered a small quantity of "Shilajit", an ayurvedic medicine for boosting strength, in his wallet and charged him with possession of opium.

But when 'Geo' channel spoke to the Pakistan Cricket Board's Director Human Resources Nadeem Akram, who is in Dubai, the official denied having any knowledge of the slapping incident.

"I really don't know because neither Asif nor the local authorities have mentioned about this to me," Akram said.

"Right now he is in detention at the airport and the case will go before the public prosecutor this evening. If it is proved he had a banned illegal contraband item on him, he will be charge-sheeted. But we don't want to jump to conclusions right now," he said.

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