Asif fined

LAHORE: Pakistani cricket authorities today fined Mohammad Asif $12,500 over his 19-day detention at Dubai airport for alleged drug possession.

Asif, 26, was detained last June on his way back home after playing in the Indian Premier League. A three-member Pakistan Cricket Board committee headed by former captain and PCB director Wasim Bari investigated the matter. “On recommendation of the committee we have fined Asif,” the PCB said in a press release.

Dubai authorities found opium in Asif’s possession, but a prosecutor determined that the quantity was small and deported the bowler. Asif is also banned from international cricket until September after testing positive for the banned anabolic steroid Nandrolone last year. “Asif will be available for selection once he completes the IPL ban,” said the PCB.