Sami and Arafat named as replacements
The PCB names Mohammad Sami and Yasir Arafat as replacements for pacers Akhtar and Asif, who have tested positive for doping.india Updated: Oct 16, 2006 13:46 IST
The Pakistan Cricket Board on Monday named Mohammad Sami and Yasir Arafat as replacements for pacers Shoaib Akhtar and Mohammed Asif, who have tested positive for performance enhancing drugs, in the Champions Trophy squad.
The PCB took the decision at an emergency meeting held during the day after the shocking news of the two pacers testing positive for banned steroids came out in the open.
Pakistan are scheduled to play Sri lanka in their ICC Champions Trophy super eight opener in Jaipur tomorrow.
The ICC earlier said that it would consider allowing replacements for the duo if the PCB made such an appeal.
"The PCB needs to suspend the two players and then inform the ICC. And then the tournament technical committee will decide on whether to allow the replacements," said ICC Communications Manager Samiul Hasan.
Hasan said the ICC appreciated the PCB's stand on the dope issue.
"ICC has a strong anti-doping policy. We have a zero tolerance on such matters. We appreciate the PCB's stand," he said in Jaipur.