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Javed Miandad flaps down doping flip-flop

The veteran slams the decision of the Pak officials to exonerate pacers Shoaib and Asif of doping charges.

india Updated: Dec 07, 2006 20:37 IST

Batting great Javed Miandad on Thursdayjoined a list of former players who have slammed the decision of the Pakistani authorities to exonerate fast bowlers Shoaib Akhtar and Mohammad Asif of doping charges.

Miandad, a veteran of 128 Tests and the country's leading Test run scorer, said the decision of the Pakistan Cricket Board appointed appellate tribunal was a big "eyewash".

"I really don't know all the details but certainly to me it looks odd that two tribunals headed by two former governors and eminent legal experts should have such differing views on what is a clear cut case of doping, intentionally or unintentionally," he told PTI.

Miandad said he did not see Pakistan cricket gaining any credibility after this doping episode.

"First of all I really don't understand that when the PCB anti-doping regulations are still not in line with those of the World Anti-Doping Agency and the International Cricket Council why the hurry to have the out of competition tests.

"The board should have first got its anti-doping regulations in place in line with WADA rules and than started its anti-doping drive. It has only gone and embarrassed Pakistan cricket internationally," he said.

He said the entire episode appeared to be an "eyewash"

"It seems as if somewhere discipline and regulations have been sacrificed. I have always said there should never be compromise on discipline no matter how big a player is. Cricket Australia also did ban Shane Warne for one year despite his stature," Miandad said.

First Published: Dec 07, 2006 20:37 IST