Thursday, July 23, 2009

Akhtar out for Champions Trophy, Asif is in

Speedster Shoaib Akhtar was excluded from an extended 30 player squad for the upcoming ICC Champions Trophy in South Africa in September. However, another paceman Mohammad Asif was recalled for the same. Incidentally, his doping ban would end on the day, the tournament starts.

Shoaib Akhtar tried two times earlier to come out of blues, since 2007. The Indian Premier League banned Asif for a year as he tested positive for the steroid Nandrolone. His ban will end on September 22, the day Champions Trophy starts in South Africa. He was also fined $12,250 (1 Million rupees) for possessing a small amount of Opium in Dubai lat year.


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