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The Fall Guys

October 16, 2006

Prior to Pakistan's opening match of the Champions Trophy against Sri Lanka, in Jaipur on Tuesday, Pakistan fast bowlers Shoaib Akhtar (top) and Mohammad Asif (bottom) tested positive for a performance-enhancing drug.

The results of the tests, conducted by the Pakistan Cricket Board before the players left for the limited-overs tournament in India, were out on Sunday night.

Both cricketers face bans of up to two years if a second test confirms the positive result.

WADA, the World Anti-Doping Agency, and the International Cricket Council had an understanding as per which the cricketers would undergo random testing during the Champions Trophy.

A look at some cricketers who were banned/penalised for drug use:

Text: Rajneesh Gupta
Photographs: Getty Images
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