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Drug-tainted Asif in running for ICC award

Asif is nominated as he had not tested positive for any banned substance during period taken into consideration.

india Updated: Oct 22, 2006 19:58 IST

Pakistan pace bowler Mohammed Asif, currently under the scanner after having tested positive for a banned drug, was on Sunday among the four players shortlisted for ICC's 'Emerging Player of the Year' award.

Asif and Shoaib Akhtar had recently tested positive for performance-enhancing drug nandrolone and were pulled out of Pakistan's Champions Trophy squad.

The duo faces a ban of up to two years under the World Anti-Doping Code, to which the ICC and its members are signatories.

The ICC's shortlist of players and teams for eight categories of awards, including one for women, was announced at a press conference by Chief Executive Malcolm Speed.

Speed clarified that Asif earned the nomination as he had not tested positive for any banned substance during the period taken into consideration - August 1, 2005 to August 8, 2006.

"Asif is eligible for the award as the period under consideration for the awards was before the doping offence. The Pakistan Cricket Board has already conducted a hearing and we have been informed that a decision will be taken on the charges by October 26," Speed said.

Asif's challengers for the award are England batsmen Alistair Cook and Ian Bell, and left-arm spinner Monty Panesar.

The final winners of the various categories of awards would be declared at a function in Mumbai on November 3.

First Published: Oct 22, 2006 19:58 IST