The drugged cricketer June 5, 2008

From McGrath to mug

Mohammad Asif is a passionate cricketer
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Mohammad Asif is a passionate cricketer. He demands wickets. He fumes and rages to unsettle his opponents. His attitude combined with exceptional skill at the beginning of his international career quickly established him as the beanpole star of Pakistan's bowling attack. Yet injuries and drugs have just as quickly brought him to his knees. A thrilling prospect has crashed into a bittersweet reality.

The IPL was meant to reinvigorate Asif's career, as well as his bank balance. The theory went that the McGrath of Sheikhupura would learn at the right hand of the McGrath of Dubbo. Yet it seems that any skill and discipline that Asif might have learned on the field was not imitated in his private life.

Asif, of course, would not be the first cricketer to be embarrassed by possession of recreational drugs. Indeed, two of his most illustrious predecessors required the Pakistan Government to extricate them from humiliation in the West Indies. Nor is possession and use of recreational drugs sufficient reason to end an international career, although it certainly demands disciplinary action.

But Asif's case is unique. His scrape with WADA should have taught him something very simple: a cricketer who truly cherished his international cricket career would have avoided all drugs. Remember, his drugs downfall was supposed to be because of wide-eyed innocence--not cheating--and the PCB had an onus to educate its tainted stars.

Now Asif is once again ruined by his own indiscipline. If the Dubai tests come back positive, the McGrath of Sheikhupura will become the Mug of International Cricket.

For Pakistan fans, at least Sohail Tanvir's T20 excellence could not have been better timed: a flicker of joy in the deepening depression of Pakistan cricket.

Kamran Abbasi is an editor, writer and broadcaster. He tweets here

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  • Karinthia on December 23, 2011, 1:33 GMT

    At last some rationality in our little detbae.

  • hafeez khan on July 15, 2008, 18:56 GMT

    If some young street boy playing crciket in slumb road and streets in a village, and by luck some one find him and push him for national level, the poor guy become out of control, bcz the money invlove, fame and show put him in a very bad situation, the same case is with Mr.Asif,he got fame in matter of time, to keep playing in the national side he use all means which may be correct or illegal, how told him to go from India to Dubi with carrying ilegal substance in his kit.As it is aproved by the IPL adminstration that Asif have positive therefore it is the reponsibility of the PCB and also Govt.of Pakistan to take seviour action, if it proved.We are always linean with these players, which is called 'player power" See the other man who done every thing wrong, but board is under presure to put him in the players list for Champian Trophy( We are not shure whether it will be played in Pakistan due uncertain political situation. All the best,

  • noor on June 14, 2008, 5:09 GMT

    Asif has an attitude problem. He think he is the a big star and nobody will dare pull him up for a drug test. In Pakistan where some stupid cricket crazy public will pander to Asif whims. Why dont these over bloated and over rated Paki players learn to behave themselves outside Pakistan. Asif has brought shame to Pakistani livivg abroad.

    Drinking and doing drug is not an ideal model for a young Pakistani to follow.

  • Omer Admani on June 11, 2008, 0:51 GMT

    It is not that big of a problem that Asif took a recreational drug. A severe punishment, supposing Asif is released from Dubai, is unwarranted (a ban of couple of years would be ridiculous). It would be all right if Asif received a 5,6 match ban, but a much more severe punishment doesn't fit the crime as the drugs weren't performance-enhancing and don't amount to cheating. Also, he has tested negative, so it seems to me that he got the drugs and put them in his wallet to get a 'high' but later forgot that he he had done so. Negligence. Certainly, a better and more consistent application of the mind would do a world of good to Pakistani players. Consider the wicket of Mohd Yousof.An ordinary ball got him out, and he-- being the epitome of concentration in the Pakistani team since that wonderful year-- also faltered after a few exceptional drives. The captain is spineless and Akmal cannot be in the team for his glove work. Akmal will only spoil bowlers' confidence and their careers.

  • Rizwan on June 10, 2008, 17:31 GMT

    Saw the Pak-India match and saw how pathetic Pak team has become.

    Saw how much swing Kumar was producing and was wondering what damage Under-19 hero Anwar Ali would have caused in such circumstances. Alas he is not in team although he was the best bowler for Pakistan academy, better than Wahab Riaz and Sohail Khan. My advice to Anwar Ali: Migrate to another country ASAP as your talents will not be recognized in Pakistan.

    Saw how Salman Butt again failed whenever there is a respectable opposition. Its high time to go with Nasir Jamshed and Khalid Latif or Khurram Manzoor.

    Saw how poor decisions Shoaib Malik made. What was the logic of not playing an all-rounder Fawad Alam and instead playing a less than average bowler Rao Iftikhar?

  • Reluctant Pakistani Fan on June 10, 2008, 11:51 GMT

    Asif should be punished to the full letter of the law. Enough is enough. We need to punish these idols for millions of kids. What message do we give to the youngsters? Indulge in drugs and our board will pull you out of trouble? That in my opinion is worse than losing one of the best bowlers in the world. Who knows, maybe a jail term would help him reflect on the embarrassment he has brought to his country. Might just bring him to his senses.

  • ruchit on June 9, 2008, 17:14 GMT

    Haha... Once again a Pakistan National Cricket Team player gets into a muddle. it has become some characteristic on Pakistani crickets. I mean if not with bat and ball pakistani crickets are providing entertainment through other means now. On a serious note it is sad and unfortunate but alas it is true. Pakistan cricket seems to be going down the dump. But I think they still have enough fire power to thump my ever so complacent Indians tommorow!! Though only time will tell.

    Regards. Ruchit Khushu.

  • L Mehta on June 8, 2008, 21:25 GMT

    Kamran, well, isn't what this is all about? Flawed genius and what might have beens? However, look at the big issue: the captain with no spine. I say it is time to drop Shoaib Malik (just see today's effort). He is dead weight and has been. Hardly an inspiration for the team.Then the Board will be doing something right.

  • M. Y. Kasim. Houston. Tx. USA on June 8, 2008, 21:03 GMT

    As far as Asif's case is concerned, the mere fact that he was carrying banned substance is sufficient to land him in jail under UAE laws.

    Furthermore, whenever something comes up, there is more Paki-bashi than real cricketing issues or discussions, as if, this site is meant for defaming Pakistan. Granted Pakistan has several problems of its own but this is not the format nor others have the right to indulge in mud-slinging on another country.

    Talk, discuss and criticize cricketing matters constructively in a civilized way and point a solution to any problem you deem fit.

  • someone on June 8, 2008, 18:04 GMT

    Hey Kamran,

    I am surprised you are blaming asif's antics on the board. Come on now please.

    Many of you may be surprised, many won't believe me, but Mohammad Asif's cousin is my neighbor. Now first of all everyone uses recreational drugs to let the poor lad off. Yes, he's disappointed the nation, but which nation? The nation that has many other things to worry about right now. The nation who's younger population is evidently and openly indulged into drug trafficking, drinking, and all that exciting stuff.

    Now, here's the synopsis: Asif does take drugs because he believes that he's a superstar and drugs make him think that he's the king of swing. He adores that feeling and hence is addicted to it. In Dubai, he rolled a splif in the hotel room using his credit card, smoked it, got lazy, and of course wasn't in the best state of mind anymore. In a hurry, he put the remaining "drug" in his wallet while putting the credit card back. He was high and totally forgot about it, which is normal.

  • Karinthia on December 23, 2011, 1:33 GMT

    At last some rationality in our little detbae.

  • hafeez khan on July 15, 2008, 18:56 GMT

    If some young street boy playing crciket in slumb road and streets in a village, and by luck some one find him and push him for national level, the poor guy become out of control, bcz the money invlove, fame and show put him in a very bad situation, the same case is with Mr.Asif,he got fame in matter of time, to keep playing in the national side he use all means which may be correct or illegal, how told him to go from India to Dubi with carrying ilegal substance in his kit.As it is aproved by the IPL adminstration that Asif have positive therefore it is the reponsibility of the PCB and also Govt.of Pakistan to take seviour action, if it proved.We are always linean with these players, which is called 'player power" See the other man who done every thing wrong, but board is under presure to put him in the players list for Champian Trophy( We are not shure whether it will be played in Pakistan due uncertain political situation. All the best,

  • noor on June 14, 2008, 5:09 GMT

    Asif has an attitude problem. He think he is the a big star and nobody will dare pull him up for a drug test. In Pakistan where some stupid cricket crazy public will pander to Asif whims. Why dont these over bloated and over rated Paki players learn to behave themselves outside Pakistan. Asif has brought shame to Pakistani livivg abroad.

    Drinking and doing drug is not an ideal model for a young Pakistani to follow.

  • Omer Admani on June 11, 2008, 0:51 GMT

    It is not that big of a problem that Asif took a recreational drug. A severe punishment, supposing Asif is released from Dubai, is unwarranted (a ban of couple of years would be ridiculous). It would be all right if Asif received a 5,6 match ban, but a much more severe punishment doesn't fit the crime as the drugs weren't performance-enhancing and don't amount to cheating. Also, he has tested negative, so it seems to me that he got the drugs and put them in his wallet to get a 'high' but later forgot that he he had done so. Negligence. Certainly, a better and more consistent application of the mind would do a world of good to Pakistani players. Consider the wicket of Mohd Yousof.An ordinary ball got him out, and he-- being the epitome of concentration in the Pakistani team since that wonderful year-- also faltered after a few exceptional drives. The captain is spineless and Akmal cannot be in the team for his glove work. Akmal will only spoil bowlers' confidence and their careers.

  • Rizwan on June 10, 2008, 17:31 GMT

    Saw the Pak-India match and saw how pathetic Pak team has become.

    Saw how much swing Kumar was producing and was wondering what damage Under-19 hero Anwar Ali would have caused in such circumstances. Alas he is not in team although he was the best bowler for Pakistan academy, better than Wahab Riaz and Sohail Khan. My advice to Anwar Ali: Migrate to another country ASAP as your talents will not be recognized in Pakistan.

    Saw how Salman Butt again failed whenever there is a respectable opposition. Its high time to go with Nasir Jamshed and Khalid Latif or Khurram Manzoor.

    Saw how poor decisions Shoaib Malik made. What was the logic of not playing an all-rounder Fawad Alam and instead playing a less than average bowler Rao Iftikhar?

  • Reluctant Pakistani Fan on June 10, 2008, 11:51 GMT

    Asif should be punished to the full letter of the law. Enough is enough. We need to punish these idols for millions of kids. What message do we give to the youngsters? Indulge in drugs and our board will pull you out of trouble? That in my opinion is worse than losing one of the best bowlers in the world. Who knows, maybe a jail term would help him reflect on the embarrassment he has brought to his country. Might just bring him to his senses.

  • ruchit on June 9, 2008, 17:14 GMT

    Haha... Once again a Pakistan National Cricket Team player gets into a muddle. it has become some characteristic on Pakistani crickets. I mean if not with bat and ball pakistani crickets are providing entertainment through other means now. On a serious note it is sad and unfortunate but alas it is true. Pakistan cricket seems to be going down the dump. But I think they still have enough fire power to thump my ever so complacent Indians tommorow!! Though only time will tell.

    Regards. Ruchit Khushu.

  • L Mehta on June 8, 2008, 21:25 GMT

    Kamran, well, isn't what this is all about? Flawed genius and what might have beens? However, look at the big issue: the captain with no spine. I say it is time to drop Shoaib Malik (just see today's effort). He is dead weight and has been. Hardly an inspiration for the team.Then the Board will be doing something right.

  • M. Y. Kasim. Houston. Tx. USA on June 8, 2008, 21:03 GMT

    As far as Asif's case is concerned, the mere fact that he was carrying banned substance is sufficient to land him in jail under UAE laws.

    Furthermore, whenever something comes up, there is more Paki-bashi than real cricketing issues or discussions, as if, this site is meant for defaming Pakistan. Granted Pakistan has several problems of its own but this is not the format nor others have the right to indulge in mud-slinging on another country.

    Talk, discuss and criticize cricketing matters constructively in a civilized way and point a solution to any problem you deem fit.

  • someone on June 8, 2008, 18:04 GMT

    Hey Kamran,

    I am surprised you are blaming asif's antics on the board. Come on now please.

    Many of you may be surprised, many won't believe me, but Mohammad Asif's cousin is my neighbor. Now first of all everyone uses recreational drugs to let the poor lad off. Yes, he's disappointed the nation, but which nation? The nation that has many other things to worry about right now. The nation who's younger population is evidently and openly indulged into drug trafficking, drinking, and all that exciting stuff.

    Now, here's the synopsis: Asif does take drugs because he believes that he's a superstar and drugs make him think that he's the king of swing. He adores that feeling and hence is addicted to it. In Dubai, he rolled a splif in the hotel room using his credit card, smoked it, got lazy, and of course wasn't in the best state of mind anymore. In a hurry, he put the remaining "drug" in his wallet while putting the credit card back. He was high and totally forgot about it, which is normal.

  • Faridoon on June 8, 2008, 4:57 GMT

    Just when you think that Pakisatn cricket has reached its lowest point, our players start digging further.

    No judgments should be passed yet. If he is guilty of carrying even an iota of drugs he should be disciplined, severely.

  • Salman Khan on June 8, 2008, 2:16 GMT

    Continued from previous post :

    What is most perplexing is the report that the Urine Drug Test was negative . Because the Urine Drug Test stays positive for Marijuana for up 4 -6 weeks after the last use( and for upto a few months in chronic users). So if the Urine Drug Test was indeed negative then I would have to give the benefit of doubt to Asif.

  • hrishi on June 7, 2008, 14:08 GMT

    Why so much vitriol for Javed Khan? The guy has a right to express his opinion just like the rest of us. So just take a deep breath and lay off him.

  • JamJar on June 7, 2008, 10:13 GMT

    Kamran,

    Nice of you to finally start Pak Spin spinning again.

    Another 'tournament' and another controversy. At least Pak is consistent on one (albeit it totally unfavourable) front.

    Asif has just revealed himself to be a total fool. He seems to play off this naieve, uneducated village boy story but scandal just seems to shadow this guy.

    Education or no education, everyone knows that the green stuff, or 'charss' isnt exactly an innocent herbal refreshment!

    I wonder if Asif seems to have classed himself as 'untouchable', knowing the PCB will bail him out of any hole he digs himself in. The PCB should have left him to fend for himself in Dubai to teach him a lesson - There was no way he was going to make it for the tri-nation tournament anyway. Do we have another Shoaib Akhter in the making?!

  • Fahad on June 7, 2008, 10:05 GMT

    PCB should support asif. no matter how bad his actions were. this is what indian board would do. or anyone for that matter. This shows that the governing body cares about him being a pakistani first.. and than a player.

    Now personally i think, asif should be brought back safely to home before he gets jailed in an arab country... and than brought back to reality and never be picked up in a team without even any ban on him. Just instruct the selectors to ignore him. let the dude feel the pain before every series, and dont ban him to give media another chance of making the countrys name bad. ignore him like an ex girlfriend.

    wait a minute.. why am i even writing bout asif here. this beloved country founded by the great Jinnah is now in the hands of Mr. Zardari.

    Lets stop worrying about asif... and lets worry about nawaz and zardari.. pakistan needs a sunil shetty to just shoot all the corrupt people.

    wake up

  • Nawed Ibrahim on June 7, 2008, 10:00 GMT

    Asif has not been convicted yet so its unfair to come to conclusions. He just made a mistake, he may have forgotten to remove it from his wallet. I know people smoke stuff before boarding a flight, to relax a little, maybe he was just high and forgot to remove it. It will be very hard to spend 4 years in Dubai jail, so I hope Zardari and his gang use their good relations with the UAE establishment and get him released. Guys we should be proud. How many cricketers in the world have ever been held at Dubai airport? Its an achievement. and remember say NO to drugs, specially if you are transiting thru Dubai or Sharjah. Ajman is OK.

  • Vikas on June 7, 2008, 7:14 GMT

    Actually the decline and rot of Pakistani cricket had started under the leadership of Inzy itself.Wasim Akram's team was the last one which consistently delivered results albeit with a few lows. Under Inzy would be greats like Abdur Razzaq and Saqlain were reduced to shambles.The present team is an absymal depth and Mohammed Asif is just a reflection of the state of affairs that Pakistani cricket has fallen into. A strong Pakistani cricket team is in the best interests of cricket fans worldwide. The change has to take place on a top-bottom approach.The PCB chairman has to made accountable,Javed Miandad would come back a wiser coach and a temperamental Younis Khan is still the best bet to lead the team. Asif can be rehabilitated , his actions are the temerities of a young mind.With support from Gul and Tanvir the bowling attack still has the potential to be one of the best in the world

  • Shah Alam on June 7, 2008, 4:02 GMT

    Asif reports are cleared. Now, he has only one charge of keeping drug, remember it hasn't been proved yet! Hopefully, it won't be. Well, no doubt about his abilities as a fantastic cricketer. Soon, he'll come back and will rock in Cricket as ever.

    Moreover, English cricketers are more lover of drugs, wine not Pakistani cricketers. ie., Flintoff, Shane Warne.... so everybody does mistake, it is not the end of the world for Mohammad Asif.

  • farrukh on June 6, 2008, 23:10 GMT

    When Inzi and his team were law abiding players and prayed 5 times a day, everybody was against them and thought cricket has been hijacked by Islam. Under Malik and so called moderately enlightened Dr Nasim Ashraf the performance is worst and discipline is non-existent. Where are all those who hate and ridicule peace loving, soft spoken and humble Pakistani players? There are no collective salaat and other prayers.These have been replaced by players hitting each other with cricket bats and carrying opium. What a shame.

  • Zardari on June 6, 2008, 22:45 GMT

    Whatever Asif's cricketing abilities are and however important he may or may not be to the team, is of no relevance here. And if we are to use his small village upbringing or illiteracy to justify carrying "illegal items" then I believe we should empty most of the Pakistani prison cells. The act in itself doesn't even merit discussion in cricketing forum but the PCBs involvement in the matter does. Why on earth would the PCB want to bail out someone who is alleged of carrying drug? And how can a PCB spokesman say that " ...we knew that he was taking something from a hakim...." without implicating the PCB itself. While Pakistan's loss can be discussed here, Asif's actions deserve no sympathy or discussion in cricketing forum. PCBs involvement and handling is what I would like to discuss. Was the PCB totally unaware of the problem's existence? I doubt.

  • Awas2007@hotmail.co.uk on June 6, 2008, 21:48 GMT

    A country bumpkin that Aachi (Asif) really appears to be; a someone who got dazzled with city lights and got astray with his new found lifestyle but I think most bloggers seem to have taken the role of a judge, jury and executioner here. Before you guys hang him dry, (I am more in tune with Raza Mohsin and Khalid here), let’s wait for test results of that puri (potion) found in his wallet first, as I believe tests are still to be confirmed. The urine tests have already proved negative, so let’s not rush your judgement here.

    I do believe however that even a simpleton paindoo venturing on his first international flight would have known not to carry a “recreational drug” in his wallet let alone a cricketer who has travelled the world numerously, however uneducated the bumpkin may be. If the puri indeed is something that he got from a neem Hakim then the disappointing thing is that the moron has learned nothing from his previous episode.

    As far as the commentators like AussieRocker and John Aussie are concerned, it is the binge drinking, and the drug taking club culture of the west that is glamorised as entertainment and considered norm but not for a particular cricketer especially if it happens to be a Pak player.

    The youngsters are only following what the celebrities like Paris Hilton, Amy Winehouse, Kate Moss or Britney Spears get up to. Other than certain distaste shown by some purists no one really batted an eye lid when Flintoff was seen stone drunk on top of the bus at Ashes celebrations victory parade. In certain European countries it is not even illegal to buy certain recreational drugs off the counter. Is getting totally pissed lesser of an evil than smoking a peace pipe…lets have some perspective here, the guy is not even guilty yet. I do believe however that sportsmen need to conduct themselves in certain manner, as role models, in public at least.

    The guys like Ali Kuli Khan and Ibrahim seem to have found something in common to propagate their personal vendettas here.

    SACHIN FAN, FLORIDA USA Cool comment this time!!! “peace out”…carry on smoking your peace pipe…

  • Rizwan on June 6, 2008, 21:46 GMT

    Ban Asif for 2 years. Period.

    There current Pak team is pathetic. The only standout palyers are Tanvir or Yousuf. The bigger problem is PCB is happy with these average players. Thats why talented young players like Fawad Alam, Nasir Jamshed, Khurram Manzoor, Kahlid Latif, Sarfraz Ahmad, Anwar Ali, Abdul Rauf are not playing. PCB needs to invest in these young players. Otherwise the Pak team is not going anywhere. Are Pak people happy with mediocrity? If not then object.

  • Billz on June 6, 2008, 21:36 GMT

    Its a shame...an endless shame that we have to encounter yet again!! It just keep coming to *US* without even getting a breather. Honestly,Asif should be blamed entirely for this mishap and he is no kid to do such a stuff. Whatever he does off the field, is his personal life but to do such a thing and bring the country's name into mud is simply not acceptable. Sadly to say that If he is guilty, he'll have to face the consequences and we'll be deprived of yet another talent going into waste. Finger's crossed, lets hope for the best! cheerz

  • Amer - Canada on June 6, 2008, 20:30 GMT

    I hope there is no diplomatic pressure put on the UAE and due proceedings are allowed to unfold (yes may be I am living in a fools paradise!) and if found guilty the same is true of the sentensing. Sad to see Pakistan cricket, day by day descending into the gutter. Should be no surprise though as it is probably reflecting the state of the nation at this time.

  • Durrani on June 6, 2008, 20:00 GMT

    Kamran Akmal, Mohammed Asif, Sulman Butt and other Punjabi Maafia are all the brain-child of our pro-punjabi captain Shoaib Malik. Who is the main reason for all this crap in Pakistani Cricket, besides his 'yaar' Dr. Ashraf.

  • Hammad Siddiqi, Cincinnati Ohio on June 6, 2008, 19:45 GMT

    wow, all these people getting going ape-s*#t!!

    my only concern at this point is wether Asif will be swinging balls both ways on the cricket field or in a dubai jail!

  • Asif Sarfraz on June 6, 2008, 19:02 GMT

    Pakistan is not a rogue country JOHN AUSSIE!

  • omar hussain on June 6, 2008, 18:50 GMT

    Hey, hey lets wait til its over! don't jump to conclussions! Asif is an impressionalbe youngster realy and we all know how much the Indians like or love us!Many have been brainwashed by their wealth with women thrown in. BUT Asif is a fool to get caught up in this he needs a spanking down !

  • Sid Khan on June 6, 2008, 18:21 GMT

    It is very simple. If he is found guilty, he must be banned. There is no excuse, educated or not, specially after escaping ban once and fully knowing this is not a joking matter. Found guilty - Ban and rehabiliate. Found innoncent - Bring back, the game is on. PS. He was never a McGrath - PLEASE!

  • Ash Zed - Saudi Arabia on June 6, 2008, 17:56 GMT

    What else one can expect from this demoralized, frustrated, illiterate and religiously fanatic nation? This is the result when a nation believes that the only thing they need to do in life is to offer 5 prayers a day and leave everything on the will of God thereby not focusing on any other area or not trying to get some basic eduaction. Look at the Pak team….general education standard of every player is awfully pathetic. Asif on one of those ignorants!!

    I have been writing on this blog that Pakistan Cricket has no future like any other sports or even in any other area like education, health care, economy etc.

    One player is taking drugs, other is busy in match fixing, third one is beating his colleagues, one is fond of brining religion in the game, the captain is unable to find a place even in Delhi eleven….. Just wait n see more dreadful stories like this one from these idiots in near future.

    Asif must be banned for 10 years. Period.

  • Saad K. Syed on June 6, 2008, 17:36 GMT

    Plus, the test results are back and he tested negative so boo-hoo to Mr. Javed Khan from Montreal, the snotty wanna-be englishman.

  • Saad K. Syed on June 6, 2008, 17:12 GMT

    Having spent the better part of my 18 years in the Middle-East, I can testify to the fact that Saptarshi mentions. I personally think Asif is not a 'simpleton' anymore (as naive "Javed" from Montreal puts it. He's been in International cricket long enough to know what to carry and what not to carry while he's on an airport. Btw, There are no long-term effects of 'Charas' anyways so lay off the guy, huh.

  • Rauf on June 6, 2008, 17:06 GMT

    Kamran... you should have stayed in hibernation for few more days until after the hearing. This is a typical sensational example of trial by media. He may be guilty or not but last time I checked, you were NOT member of Dubai police to know exactly what is going on.

    JAK from Montreal... what has Machikay or Sheikhupura got anything to do with it or are you just being "Altaf bhai wannabe" and blame everything north of Karachi.

    Martin Hook... If lack of education is criteria to use drugs then Stephen Flemming, Shane Warne and entire Amsterdam must be very "uneducated". And your definition of "Englishmen" also includes the hooligans, binge drinkers etc etc.

    Daanish Vinay... Read all the posts above you in this thread and you are the first one among Indians/Pakistanis to bring "blame India" into the discussion. Enough said.

    Martin Fowler... plenty of whites like you visit Muslim states like Dubai. Why? because you can easily get one thing you all like the most... booze.

  • Khatri on June 6, 2008, 16:11 GMT

    Quite a strange mix of comments here. From not worth reading indian poison (Daanish vinay) to type-casting by so called white skinned poeple. Yes Pakistan cricket is in shambles at the moment and I as a fan have decided not to be bothered with it till we keep our current dim-wit Kaptan and his useless buddy behind the stumps. Problem with Asif is simply arrogance and irresponsibility. How dumb can you be to carry such a substance in your wallet on an international flight?. Even if it was planted, his explanation was that he had a drunken brawl. Now is that how a Pakistani muslim behaves, let alone a popular cricketer. I know from reliable sources that Asif is a chain smoker, how can he sustain himself as a sportsman specially as a fast bowler with this kind of lifestyle. When Razzak Was kicked out of Pakistan team, I was glad that lazy non professional attitude is being punisehd. But since we have only seen the depths of despair for Pak cricket fans. I am sticking to football for now.

  • Adnan Reza on June 6, 2008, 15:55 GMT

    All the Asif haters!

    You are just jealous of him because he knows the address of that Hakim and you don't.

  • Adnan Reza on June 6, 2008, 15:50 GMT

    Asif is no saint, and he is not the first cricketer who used recreational drugs,if Australia, South Africa, England and WestIndies can survive the frequent embarrassments caused by the behavior of their cricketers, so can Pakistan. Ian Botham: Suspended for smoking cannabis in 1986. Wasim Akram, Mushtaq Ahmed and Waqar Younis: Charged with possession of marijuana in 1993. Stephen Fleming , Matthew Hart and Dion Nash were fined and suspended for smoking cannabis in 1994 Phil Tufnell was suspended and fined for failing to turn up for a drug test in 1997. Paul Smit was banned for two years for usage of cocaine in 1997. Keith Piper was banned and fined after testing positive for cannabis in 1997. Ed Giddins was caught taking cocaine in 1999. Herschell Gibbs, Andre Nel, Justin Kemp, Paul Adams and Roger Telemachus were Fined for smoking marijuana during South Africa's tour of WI. Shane Warne tested positive, and not to mention countless other sports persons from these countries.

  • shahab on June 6, 2008, 14:56 GMT

    i think of u here dont understand crricket,including kamran abassi .asif is a world class bowler,he is a human beign and has made a mistake .the indian,english,africans,west indian are always soaked in alcohol and drugs .especially in india where the players have such huge network that all major powers are under there contrl.and talking about education the real education is studing islam , not what these european think that going to schol and colleges.lastly i get hurt by seeing this our fellow muslim brther cricize our team against these kafirs .for eg. if aplayer is reading namaz which is compulsory on every muslim .they openly criticise it and terming them as fundamentalist and orthodox and by the way a person who does not follow fundamentals of anything

  • Moin on June 6, 2008, 14:54 GMT

    I remember, Pakistan were once tigers when they were cornered. They were just like Azzuris in soccer. The best way for Pakistani Team would be to play good cricket in the forthcoming series and silence the critics.

    But that seems to be a distinct possibility as the present team comes nowhere near that as no one has the Jazba (could not find an equivalent).

    Against the present Indian team, no way can they dream of winning.

  • Azad Ahmad on June 6, 2008, 14:44 GMT

    Asif is bit careless isn,t he?Ok if He is realy guilty he will be dully punished.There are No PCB tribunals sitting everywhere. What amuses me in this blog is that why are Indians so much interested in Pakistanis,While on the other hand hardly any Pakistani bothers about their cricketers and blogs.Well maybe it,s called charm offensive Kamran.So keep it up..Ahem And then they try to link cricket with our rotten society to tell us how rubbish we are!O You dont need to tell us because we already know that! We also know that condition of an average person is still a bit better in Pakistan,contrary of whatever your media says. These reverse Psychology tactics are getting a bit old now anyway,So try some thing new,maybe ignore us for bit for a change,having Aussie nicknames is not that smart either,Why would an Aussie be interested in what the starting line up of delhi team was anyway? Yet More amusing is that they are telling us to take lessons of integrity from Indians.Oh the irony!

  • Zakir Khan Saheb Chaudhary on June 6, 2008, 14:42 GMT

    Ibrahim, yes that was really funny ! Javed is ridiculously predictable and always ridiculous. He is embodiment of what is wrong with everything in pak. Long on words, short on deeds. I pointed this many times before, nice to see so many people are noticing the same.

  • Imran on June 6, 2008, 14:40 GMT

    I am a little bit perplexed as to how a person carrying a small quantity of drugs or any substance in their wallet can get caught by airport security?? You don't even have to take your wallet out most of the time when you are going through check-in and even if you do, the machine cannot identify whats within the wallet to be drugs!! I don't think Asif is a capable bowler since his injury but i do believe that he has been set up in this instance.

  • mer on June 6, 2008, 14:28 GMT

    its very sad that Mr abbasi has to write every time about new scandal or state or Pak cricket. I think Asif should be severely punished. That innocense has gone now. even if he was just possesing it what was he thinking because once taken it would remain in your blood content atleast for months. he could have been caught then on next check up. Interestingly if he had got caught before say semi final in IPL he would have been punished by now.I know ICC can not do anything till he is in police custody but we all know how they and all boards works on such critical matters.

    ALSO ITS TIME FOR CRICKETERS TO LEARN THAT THERE ARE CERTAIN DO'S AND DONT DO'S IN PROFESSIONAL SPORT, YOU JUST CANT TAKE EVERYTHING YOUR "HAKIM" GIVES YOU ORyou can not fool ppl for years.

  • MNKricter on June 6, 2008, 14:18 GMT

    Enough with all the excusses about he being from a small town/village. If Asif is smart enough to read batsmen mind and get their wicket then he should be smart enough not to act like a complete PAINDOOOOO. This Hakeem excuses is not going to cut it either.

  • Logical Solutions on June 6, 2008, 14:08 GMT

    Javed Khan has as usual ( and as predicted)defecated and has made this blog little more polluted . Someone should ask him if it is not possible that Asif is innocent and custom authorities are framing him for altercations. Why the maniac is playing judge,jury and the executioner?

  • Martin Fowler on June 6, 2008, 13:20 GMT

    I follow the subcontinent teams a lot. Pakistan in particular has been in total shambles. I wonder if it is the society as a whole that is crumbling and needs reforms. Hardly any teams visit. Hardly any players play consistently. Whites like me are afraid to visit a Muslim state and so are the cricketing nations. But Sri Lanka and India are a pleasure to visit and see. What does this tell us about the general idea of how Pakistan society....its culture and finally cricketers are shaping to be.... I miss the brilliance of Pak pace attack or unpredictability on there day they could be the best of best. But now it all seems going down hill. Hopefully they will find a Rohit Sharma or a Sangakarra or maybe even a Shaun Marsh and we all can enjoy the cricket again.

    BTW Pak Skipper was not even the 1st pick of Delhi Lineup....Goes to show where he stands....

  • Niaz Ahmed on June 6, 2008, 12:55 GMT

    What is Martin Hook trying to say. Englishmen well behaved, has he forgotten Ian Botham, Gatting, Lamb and more recently Flintoff and Collingwood. Dont even compare them with Rahul, Kumble and Sachin in behaviour. They need to be emulated by all cricketers.

  • Ibrahim on June 6, 2008, 12:34 GMT

    You know what's funny here? Somebody predicted in a post that Javed Khan of Montreal would "defecate" all over this post. Three minutes later, he did! Anyway, I agree with a lot of what's written here--even though we have no way of knowing yet if Asif actually has drugs--but it's absurd how people are associating this with "mullahs." Such people have either read too much Khaled Hosseini--the guy, by the way, writes well but doesn't have a clue about life in his own country, apart from what'll please his Western readers (like the Daily Prophet newspaper in Harry Potter). Granted there are a lot of mullahs gone bad and oppressive out there, but give the majority of mullahs, the ones with standards of decency and morality, a break, will you?

  • Hummer on June 6, 2008, 12:30 GMT

    Its very funny to read some of the comments posted here, but, firstly, if Asif is caught with drugs, then he knows that even at home its illegal, then why the heck would it be ok in international travel, therefore sad to say but if you do the crime then you should know you got to serve the time if you want to run that risk! As a Pakistani, its sad to see the team fall from grace at every angle, both players and board. Way to many free loaders, and not enough intelligence being applied. The current player are good, but not great, as were the past player (Anwar, Younis, Akram, Imran etc) a reshuffle is definitely in order, and new talent news to be pushed through fast, as talent in Pak is endless! more than can be said for a few other cricketing nations.... Oh btw, Daanish Vinay, typical Indian stuck up his own a** comment. Dude all we blame you lot for is the mess in Kashmir! Keep to cricket here, and keep you personal small minded worthless views to another blog! Long live Pakistan!!

  • asif on June 6, 2008, 11:24 GMT

    Great blog Eimran, brilliant summary of what is wrong with Pakistan never mind cricket !! Pakistan cricket indiscpline defys all logic. The pcb board is an absolute joke. Can you imagine the Astralian cricket board or the public defending such player antics- no chance ! The country and the game is bigger than these pampered players. Pakstan demise will just continue unless accountability is implemented starting from the board down to the players,politicians etc. Sadly this is a long process. Pakistan needs to take a long hard look in the mirror- it is not pretty.

  • Owais on June 6, 2008, 10:51 GMT

    Whether he carried it as a drug or as some alternative medicine, he should be banned atleast for 1 year, maybe upto 2 years. Shoaib Akhter should also be given at least 2 years ban (reducing it from original 5 years). Any future indisciplinary action should be severely dealt with. But in order to do that, PCB should be democratized first on pattern Imran Khan suggests. However, regardless of present state of PCB, very tough stance on Asif and Akhter is needed. Make them an example for others. If others do it even after that, 5 year bans should be laid.

  • Afridi Wannabe on June 6, 2008, 10:27 GMT

    As much as I am a fan of Asif, if he is found to be taking drugs, he MUST MUUST MUST get a two year ban. This is embarrasing for Pakistani cricket. This time around he has no excuse at all. After the first incident with Akhtar the PCB warned everopne in Pakistan's Domestic Cricket about what is legal and illegal. Asif can only point at himself instead of 'Hakeem'. Asif is a clown!

  • Sachal on June 6, 2008, 10:25 GMT

    Dear Sir I dont agree with your article or even most of the comments here...When Shane Warne tested positive for drugs, on the eve of the world cup, he smiled it off as did the australian board with just a simple ban of 1 year. Why? Because he was an Australian! Asif's report has come back negative. Most of the comments above are equally negative, Pakistan does not boast a third rate bowling attack, yes it has much room for improvement, but then isnt it better than the West Indian attack or England's! Cricket is a funny game my friends, and who expected the Warne led Rajasthan to win the IPL, similarly Pakistan has bounced back from an ordinary team to win many matches, remember the 1992 world cup in Australia! To end, Asif may be stupid, but to blame that on the Pakistan cricket board is hardly cricket. Cheers

  • Adeel on June 6, 2008, 10:04 GMT

    Kamran i think its high time that we remove this incompetent group of officials that govern PCB....just look at the no. of scandals and mishaps that have happened in the last 2 yrs under the nose of the current board? The doping scandal, yousuf ICL saga, Shoaib Akhtar drama and now this...the fact tht the board is not even respectd by its cricketers is a disgrace in itself....i think what our cricketers need is a strict administrator like Imran KHan...both on and off the field....these idiots have been pampered too much...also even if Asif is let go by Dubai authorities i think he should be banned by the PCB...they let Shoaib off the hook so many times n look what happened...had they disciplined him 7 yrs ago we might have had a real match winner n not the spoilt waste of talent who wz banned finally...besides Naseem Ashraf is a pathetic administrator....itz clear now tht he has no control or authority on the players as they keep on doin idiocricies like these...

  • Ali Hasnain on June 6, 2008, 10:03 GMT

    well enough is enough ... One can't understand whats going on in Pakistan ... politicians, load shading, inflation and now the stupid cricket all raising eye brows of concern. Asif for sure is one of his kind ... he really seems to be dump enough to do blunders and really filling the shoes of showman SHOAIB Akhter ....

    He should be banned from cricket if found guilty as he has come out to be one of those who can't handle fame. The thing laking is literacy to be true. All these cricketers come from background where these types of things hardly make a issue. PCB should really look for cricketers education as thats the on;y formula to get back cricket glory.

    Also induct new youngsters constantly like Wahab Riaz and the Pak pride Sohail Tanveer. They both hold the bowling future. Regarding batting everthing looks bleak no technique what so ever and not even t20 ability. Shoaib Malik comes out to be a poor captain ... ONLY GOD can save us now!!!

  • John Aussie on June 6, 2008, 9:44 GMT

    The long list of embarrasments on the worldstage for Pakistan - be it mullahism , politics , war, economy , sports keeps on growing. They just cant seem to do anythnig right. This time- its Asif who was foolish enough to take drugs and the more foolish to go to Dubai with some in wallet. Prediction : To avoid shame on country, politicians will get him out of Dubai somehow. Then Asif will get injured becos both PCB and he will be aware that WADA will just be waiting for him to appear in a match. So conveniently he will now get injured and not be selected for next 4-6 months. The world cricket is better of with such rogue country playing cricket

  • AussieRocker on June 6, 2008, 9:04 GMT

    "Nor is possession and use of recreational drugs sufficient reason to end an international career"--Mate, i fail to understand the rationale behind this statement..just coz Akram, Waqar, Fleming, Gibbs, Botham and even Warne got away with it?? Time to put this nonsense to an end, no disciplinary action other than a ban would suffice. Remember, these are role models to millions of kids worldwide. It seems your posts are dipping further than the "deepening depression of Pakistan cricket".

  • Catalan on June 6, 2008, 8:47 GMT

    Well Well it is funny that this time Asif is accusing his "HAKEEM" for the substance he was carrying. Who this guy is fooling around. First it was the team doctor and now Hakeem who has got this "innocent chap" into trouble. I reckon this guy is now mature enough to know what he is taking or carrying and it is about time that he should stand up and accept the consequences of his acts and either try to reform himself or perish in the darkness coz our country has already face enough humiliation in the form of Shoaib Akhter and we surely don't want to create and then cover another bad boy of our cricket.

  • Khalid on June 6, 2008, 8:18 GMT

    Once again trial be media and the guilty verdict has been handed down without the presentation of the full facts. I have had personal exprerience in an alleged drugs case in Dubai. One of my close friends was arrested for possession of a banned substance at Dubai Airport and sentenced to 4 years in prison. Upon close examinatin of the facts, the substance in question was a medicine prescribed by a hakeem (faith healer) and contained small traces of cannabis resin (the banned substance). We presented the facts to the authorities but to no avail. Asif's case needs to be closely examine especially the banned substance he was carrying in his wallet. He might have been an idiot in the past but I for one cannot beleive that he would knowingly carry recreational drugs whilst flying to can from countries.

  • sumit on June 6, 2008, 8:15 GMT

    Tragic! but this Frankenstein is of the PCB's own creation. If the previous incident had been dealt with by them properly, with a stern sentence and monetary punishment, a simple thinker like Asif would not have dared to repeat these offences.

    Spare the Rod and Spoil the child - sayeth the Biblical book of Proverbs!

  • Muhammad Usman Aslam on June 6, 2008, 8:09 GMT

    Pakistan've always had talent on the field and ocassionally they had promised to threaten the one's at the top of the league. All along, the team suffered due to lack of mental strength and off field mannerism. From one board setup to another, everybody said everything except doing anything on this front..BUT just because the team was winning and had oodles of talent...the future seemed bright.Nobody complained.

    Now its total chaos..an embarrassment of riches. One mess after the another. Not only the team is gravely modest in terms of talent and quality. no real match winners except Yousaf ... ADD the off field antics and soon Pak would be vying for the bottom spot. The celeberations after beating BD show the standards set up by the Coach and Captain.

    Something needs to be done now... and i mean right now..

    Starting off by getting rid of current PCB jugglers.. put up an administration of players ...and get in Wasim Akram as coach.

    The SOS action should start now.

  • fairguy on June 6, 2008, 7:53 GMT

    Oh Kamran, very disappointing to see a journalist of your stature trying to paint these drug episodes as discipline and admin issues by blaming the board. I would like to emphasize that this is an attitude problem and Asif should be severely reprimanded for his actions. I dont believe he is so dumb as to be educated by the board as to what is permitted and what is not. People like asif and shoaib akhtar have been caught red handed while cheating with drugs and do not appear to have learnt the lessons. If Asif's offence is proved he deserves nothing less than a 5 yr ban.

  • Raza Mohsin on June 6, 2008, 7:20 GMT

    Dont you guys have anything to write about...if this happens then this would be the conclusion.. Stop speculating for god's sake. All you have to do is wait for 2 days and you will find out if he is Mcgrath or a mug.

    The problme with media is they want to trail everyone, before thier actual trail. If Asif is found guilty then let law takes it route if he is not then we will sonn watch him on the field.

    I wonder, what your response will be if PCB comes to his support...i think you will rip the board apart for supportin another druggie....and if PCB doesnt support him then you will rip the board apart for not coming to the rescue.

    Crtisizing is the easiest job in the world, thats why everyone is so good at it.

  • vikask on June 6, 2008, 6:45 GMT

    Sad, really sad to see a talent like Asif go waste. Someone should have watched him over after his last brush with drugs.

  • Daanish Vinay on June 6, 2008, 6:16 GMT

    Asif and other Paki players over the last 2 decades have known to be involved in drugs , ball tampering and match fixing. But those days due to lack onf serious governig bodies to put a check on these thnigs they got away scott free. Its no surpise Asif was caught. Truth can be hidden but not for long. Whats PCH gonna say now.Perhaps the will say "Indians" put druges in his wallet becos Asif was going to win them a series someday somehow.Afterall when in trouble -blame it on India has been the motto of Pakistan- be it politics economy or sports ever since ages. LOL:P Pathetic PCB and pathetic......we all know whom. Last time around under pretext of injuries .Asif was not allowed to play WC2007 where he would most likely have been tested by WADA ,ICC and the PCB coverup would have been exposed. Truth is PCB is as mismanaged an association as Pakistan govt has mismanaged the country .

  • SACHIN FAN, FLORIDA USA on June 6, 2008, 6:06 GMT

    Legalize drug use in Professional sports. Drugs alone cannot induce performance. You gotta have talent which I am sure Asif has. SO let him go and encourage all cricketers to take recreational drugs> Nothing wrong with that. Peace out. Sachin Fan .

  • Muhammad Shafiq on June 6, 2008, 5:44 GMT

    It is system fault---incompetence of institutions, the lack of leadership's management (as mentioned by President, yesterday) that we find jokes here and there...... It is not about Individuals. Definately , Asif will be back , lightening the cricket fields--- and we wil have many more stories from all corners of the country.

  • Shyam on June 6, 2008, 5:40 GMT

    As an India fan, I am rather saddened at the current state of Pakistan cricket. I remember the times in the late 80's and early 90's when the team had skilled players like Imran, Miandad, Wasim, Waqar, Inzamam and Anwar. All these are gone now, and talented players like Shoaib and Asif have not shown the necessary work ethic to maintain their standards. It hasn't helped that the Pakistan cricket board does not seem to care much about cricket in the country, but is more interested in power and influence

  • Rahul on June 6, 2008, 5:31 GMT

    From what I have heard (Indian media), is that he was having some ayurvedic medicine in his wallet. If that's true then how on earth the drug officials sniffed opium? Later we heard that Asif was being made to pay coz of some brawl. Well, Sir how can you frame an international player into life imperiling drug charges just because he said something nasty to one of your officials. One can argue that Asif has dark past, but also we should know that he is vulnurable to become scapegoat, because no one will believe him now, even if he has done nothing. Whatever be the truth, I believe that an extremely talented swing/seam bowler is in trouble coz of something that is beyond understanding of Asif himself, fans & more importantly PCB. God save cricket!

  • indian Fan on June 6, 2008, 5:09 GMT

    I am great fan of your Writing (though my ID refers to my National team - and all good performers, which includes Asif). my worry though is - is this really innocense or a norm with such hard working atheletes? is it like bodybuilding where certain enhancement drugs are OK! is it a case of who got caught - being at the wrong place at the wrong time? How about testing before each tournament or is it like bodybuilding where we want to be entertained at any cost, especially when its the showmen who suffer - well they are paid well are'nt they! Shocking and very sad.

  • saptarshi on June 6, 2008, 4:44 GMT

    This whole issue looks very dodgy and suspicious to me. Asif certainly is no fool to openly carry drugs in Dubai when I am sure he is completely aware of the repurcussions associated with carrying drugs in those oppressive regimes. Secondly he had a brawl with the customs officer there. It may very well be that the customs officer might have framed him with revengeful intentions. We all know how arrogant the arab locals are when it comes to dealing with the south asians.

  • JAVED A KHAN, MONTREAL, CANADA on June 6, 2008, 4:37 GMT

    Kamran its good to see you back from hibernation. But, the way you are defending this nincompoop His Exalted Paindooness of Machikay (a small village near Sheikhupura) is a typical Pakistani approach. First you are drawing the usual comparisons between him and McGrath, I think its an insult to McGrath now if you compare between the two of them. Then, without mentioning the names of others who have gone there and done this before i.e., possessed recreational drugs etc., is another example of defending him just for the heck of it. The question of 'to be or not to be' sentenced is a different matter which is not in the hands of anyone except for the UAE authorities. Efforts are being made to get him out unscathed. The question is also not about laws, its neither about his fate - the question is about morality and learning from past experience. If Asif is such an intelligent bowler that he can read the minds of his opponents then, why can't he read his own mind and control it? Its funny that he keeps "Hakeemi Majoon" in his wallet and then keep changing his statements that he was under the influence of a little bit of "something" and got into a petty brawl with the authorities and its their conspiracy and, they planted something in his wallet. This is worst than Shane Warne's grand mother's diuretic pill story. If he is pardoned by the UAE authorities, which is very likely to happen because, there is a whole political lobby behind this to get him out. After that, if the PCB allows him to play like they did in the past then, will Asif consider this whole episode as a heuristic process to amend his follies? Will he be ready to change his pseudo lifestyle? The rock n' roll casanova of Machikay was seen rolling on the disco floors and bars of Mumbai, Delhi and Kolkota, a lifestyle he has acquired very recently, thanks to the media for making him an instant hero and the IPL for giving him dollars. If released, will he consider himself as James Bond of Machikay Sheikhupura, with a license to smoke and drink anything he likes? Too much of wealth, fame, praise and accolades has done too much damage to this simpleton's brain which he keeps it in his wallet. Now, too little too late. They talk about his bowling and say, he has exceptional skills, he rages and fumes at his opponents, he is very accurate and very methodical. To get back to his bowling accuracies he has to first deal with Methodone!

  • Logical Solutions on June 6, 2008, 4:34 GMT

    Javed Khan will chew like a dog this piece from Kamran. God knows how long he has been hungry like a hog for this oportunity. Go on --this is your chance maniac from montreal ! Defecate all over the post :)

  • Michael Calderone on June 6, 2008, 4:30 GMT

    Mohmd Asif evidently started taking drugs under influence of Shoiab Akhtar. I think that dressing room fight was about drugs and they both reacted like addicts. What a fall from grace ! Every one should hang their head in shame !!

  • NIZAR From U.S.A on June 6, 2008, 4:28 GMT

    PCB should not involve in Asif drug case. If Asif is guilty then he should get jail or fine. If PCB support Asif in this case then in the future we will see many players with drug. PCB please do not support Asif in this case and set good example for our all players and youth. Law should be same for all. GOD BLESS PAKISTAN.

  • Ali Kuli Khan on June 6, 2008, 4:27 GMT

    Asif is history. He bowls like a slow mediumpacer after his elbow injury anyways. Even local lads in IPL bowled better than this junkie.

  • Martin Hook on June 6, 2008, 4:25 GMT

    Young Pakistani cricketers are so uneducated that the lure of moola makes them blind. It reflects on general sense of corruption compunded by the lack of direction that every upcoming talent gets wasted before they contribute anything significant. The rot in their society is for real. There is no point to expect them to behave like an englishmen, but atleast they can try to learn from examples of Dravid, Kumbley, Sachin and Saurav--All these players have been around for many years, but still there is not a single charge of public misbehaviour. Education and not the cricket is the real answer of decaying society.

  • EAMIRAN on June 6, 2008, 1:37 GMT

    Mad mullahs, sleazy feudals turned politicians, rogue scientists, and of late "Cricketers Gone Wild" - Pakistans global embarrassment continues. From Afridi's mid-pitch jig to Dummy Captains; from Akhtars never ending bi-polar episodes to the latest drug bust. Sadly, it does not surprise me, given the fact that Asif's social activities are fairly well known within Pakistan's "charssi" circles. Unfortunately,instant success, coupled with lack of education is to blame here. Furthermore, any attempt to "straighten up" within the uneducated usually leads to mullah behaviour, as witnessed recently within our very own playing XI. Will anyone be surprised if Asif suddenly starts growing a beard? I know I wont. Finally,some thoughts on team selection: 1. Why does Malik continue to be part of this team? He just drags it down from a 2nd class to a 3rd class outfit. 2. Hopefully Riaz is given an extended run as he looks promising. 3. Decent limited overs attack. 4. Woeful Test match attack

  • Dr. VIRUS (Vancouver) on June 6, 2008, 0:19 GMT

    At last we have another instalment of something from Kamran. Kamran its no doubt that Asif take drugs and few other cricketers also take it. But, why to take it in your wallet when you are travelling by airplane. This totally shows that either he is really dumb or he is in habit of taking it everyday. First reason is not reasonable for a cricketing brain like Asif's. So he must be in the habit of it. Pakistani players are always making the headlines for some reason. Why? I don't understand. Anybody who reads my comments, be kind to comment on my comments?

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  • Dr. VIRUS (Vancouver) on June 6, 2008, 0:19 GMT

    At last we have another instalment of something from Kamran. Kamran its no doubt that Asif take drugs and few other cricketers also take it. But, why to take it in your wallet when you are travelling by airplane. This totally shows that either he is really dumb or he is in habit of taking it everyday. First reason is not reasonable for a cricketing brain like Asif's. So he must be in the habit of it. Pakistani players are always making the headlines for some reason. Why? I don't understand. Anybody who reads my comments, be kind to comment on my comments?

  • EAMIRAN on June 6, 2008, 1:37 GMT

    Mad mullahs, sleazy feudals turned politicians, rogue scientists, and of late "Cricketers Gone Wild" - Pakistans global embarrassment continues. From Afridi's mid-pitch jig to Dummy Captains; from Akhtars never ending bi-polar episodes to the latest drug bust. Sadly, it does not surprise me, given the fact that Asif's social activities are fairly well known within Pakistan's "charssi" circles. Unfortunately,instant success, coupled with lack of education is to blame here. Furthermore, any attempt to "straighten up" within the uneducated usually leads to mullah behaviour, as witnessed recently within our very own playing XI. Will anyone be surprised if Asif suddenly starts growing a beard? I know I wont. Finally,some thoughts on team selection: 1. Why does Malik continue to be part of this team? He just drags it down from a 2nd class to a 3rd class outfit. 2. Hopefully Riaz is given an extended run as he looks promising. 3. Decent limited overs attack. 4. Woeful Test match attack

  • Martin Hook on June 6, 2008, 4:25 GMT

    Young Pakistani cricketers are so uneducated that the lure of moola makes them blind. It reflects on general sense of corruption compunded by the lack of direction that every upcoming talent gets wasted before they contribute anything significant. The rot in their society is for real. There is no point to expect them to behave like an englishmen, but atleast they can try to learn from examples of Dravid, Kumbley, Sachin and Saurav--All these players have been around for many years, but still there is not a single charge of public misbehaviour. Education and not the cricket is the real answer of decaying society.

  • Ali Kuli Khan on June 6, 2008, 4:27 GMT

    Asif is history. He bowls like a slow mediumpacer after his elbow injury anyways. Even local lads in IPL bowled better than this junkie.

  • NIZAR From U.S.A on June 6, 2008, 4:28 GMT

    PCB should not involve in Asif drug case. If Asif is guilty then he should get jail or fine. If PCB support Asif in this case then in the future we will see many players with drug. PCB please do not support Asif in this case and set good example for our all players and youth. Law should be same for all. GOD BLESS PAKISTAN.

  • Michael Calderone on June 6, 2008, 4:30 GMT

    Mohmd Asif evidently started taking drugs under influence of Shoiab Akhtar. I think that dressing room fight was about drugs and they both reacted like addicts. What a fall from grace ! Every one should hang their head in shame !!

  • Logical Solutions on June 6, 2008, 4:34 GMT

    Javed Khan will chew like a dog this piece from Kamran. God knows how long he has been hungry like a hog for this oportunity. Go on --this is your chance maniac from montreal ! Defecate all over the post :)

  • JAVED A KHAN, MONTREAL, CANADA on June 6, 2008, 4:37 GMT

    Kamran its good to see you back from hibernation. But, the way you are defending this nincompoop His Exalted Paindooness of Machikay (a small village near Sheikhupura) is a typical Pakistani approach. First you are drawing the usual comparisons between him and McGrath, I think its an insult to McGrath now if you compare between the two of them. Then, without mentioning the names of others who have gone there and done this before i.e., possessed recreational drugs etc., is another example of defending him just for the heck of it. The question of 'to be or not to be' sentenced is a different matter which is not in the hands of anyone except for the UAE authorities. Efforts are being made to get him out unscathed. The question is also not about laws, its neither about his fate - the question is about morality and learning from past experience. If Asif is such an intelligent bowler that he can read the minds of his opponents then, why can't he read his own mind and control it? Its funny that he keeps "Hakeemi Majoon" in his wallet and then keep changing his statements that he was under the influence of a little bit of "something" and got into a petty brawl with the authorities and its their conspiracy and, they planted something in his wallet. This is worst than Shane Warne's grand mother's diuretic pill story. If he is pardoned by the UAE authorities, which is very likely to happen because, there is a whole political lobby behind this to get him out. After that, if the PCB allows him to play like they did in the past then, will Asif consider this whole episode as a heuristic process to amend his follies? Will he be ready to change his pseudo lifestyle? The rock n' roll casanova of Machikay was seen rolling on the disco floors and bars of Mumbai, Delhi and Kolkota, a lifestyle he has acquired very recently, thanks to the media for making him an instant hero and the IPL for giving him dollars. If released, will he consider himself as James Bond of Machikay Sheikhupura, with a license to smoke and drink anything he likes? Too much of wealth, fame, praise and accolades has done too much damage to this simpleton's brain which he keeps it in his wallet. Now, too little too late. They talk about his bowling and say, he has exceptional skills, he rages and fumes at his opponents, he is very accurate and very methodical. To get back to his bowling accuracies he has to first deal with Methodone!

  • saptarshi on June 6, 2008, 4:44 GMT

    This whole issue looks very dodgy and suspicious to me. Asif certainly is no fool to openly carry drugs in Dubai when I am sure he is completely aware of the repurcussions associated with carrying drugs in those oppressive regimes. Secondly he had a brawl with the customs officer there. It may very well be that the customs officer might have framed him with revengeful intentions. We all know how arrogant the arab locals are when it comes to dealing with the south asians.

  • indian Fan on June 6, 2008, 5:09 GMT

    I am great fan of your Writing (though my ID refers to my National team - and all good performers, which includes Asif). my worry though is - is this really innocense or a norm with such hard working atheletes? is it like bodybuilding where certain enhancement drugs are OK! is it a case of who got caught - being at the wrong place at the wrong time? How about testing before each tournament or is it like bodybuilding where we want to be entertained at any cost, especially when its the showmen who suffer - well they are paid well are'nt they! Shocking and very sad.