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Shoaib, Asif to appeal against doping ban

However, the two fast bowlers did not elaborate as to when they would challenge the PCB decision.

india Updated: Nov 02, 2006 22:33 IST

Shoaib Akhtar and Mohammad Asif will appeal against the ban imposed on them by the Pakistan Cricket Board's anti-doping tribunal.

"Both the players will go into appeal," Geo TV quoted friends and relatives of the two players as saying.

However, the two fast bowlers did not elaborate as to when they would challenge the PCB decision.

Shoaib will serve a two-year ban and Asif will be unable to play for one year after testing positive for banned anabolic steroid nandrolone in tests conducted by the PCB in Malaysia.

"After a thorough inquiry, we feel they failed to prove their innocence," inquiry tribunal chairman Shahid Hamid had said while recommending the ban on the two bowlers.

The three-member tribunal, comprising Hamid, former Test captain Intikhab Alam and dope test expert Dr Waqar Ahmed, announced a detailed 19-page judgment.

The quantity of the banned substance in Asif’s sample was 13.07 nanograms/ml, while in Shoaib’s sample it was 14.06ng/ml which was much higher than the maximum limit of 2 ng/ml.

According to the tribunal ruling, the ban will come into effect from October 15, the date on which the two players were suspended by the PCB.

The tribunal took the view that Shoaib had knowingly taken the banned substance while it showed a degree of leniency to Asif because he had little knowledge about performance-enhancing drugs.

"Shoaib failed to give any justification about the circumstances for which he has been using the banned substance and thus will face a minimum ban of two years," said Shahid.

"Asif receives less punishment as his case comes under a clause of the WADA’s policy of exceptional circumstances and no significant fault or negligence, under which the minimum ban is for one year," Shahid said while announcing the detailed judgment on Wednesday night.

"We are helpless and our hands are tied, we have to slap this ban since the commission has followed the PCB’s anti-doping policies," Shahid, flanked by Intikhab and Waqar said at a crowded press conference.

According to the decision, "Both the fast bowlers are banned from selection to represent Pakistan in international competitions. They are also banned from competing in any event and competition conducted under the jurisdiction or the auspices of the PCB or any unit.

"They are ineligible to receive direct or indirect funding or assistance from the PCB or any affiliated units. They are banned from holding (or continuing to hold) any position in the PCB. They shall remain on Pakistan Olympic Association register of athletes for the purpose of out-of-competition testing.

First Published: Nov 02, 2006 16:12 IST