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Pakistan suspend Asif

July 16, 2008

Pakistan have suspended pace bowler Mohammad Asif from all cricket after he failed a dope test in the Indian Premier League, the Pakistan Cricket Board said on Tuesday.

"The ban will remain until his appeal... is decided or the anti-doping committee of the IPL and ICC [International Cricket Council] reach a final verdict on his case," the PCB said.

The board said Asif was banned from participating in cricket including its organisation, administration and promotion by or under the auspices of the PCB, the ICC or its member countries.

Senior board official, Shafqat Naghmi said Pakistan had a strict zero tolerance policy towards doping and would assist the ICC, World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) and the IPL in enforcing the anti-doping regulations in the Asif case.

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