September 1, 2010

Offbeat

Mohammad Asif cut from movie

George Binoy

It's not just Mohammad Asif's cricket career that has suffered because of the spot-fixing scandal surrounding the Lord's Test, his potential movie career has taken a hit too. Asif was offered a role in an Indian film, Mazhavillilinattamvare (Till the edge of the rainbow), but has been dropped after the News of the World sting.

"He is a friendly and nice guy. I was shocked to hear about the allegations, so I dropped him from the film," the director Kaithapram Damodaran Namboodiri told BBC. "He was to play a Pakistani cricketer who comes down to India to hold a coaching camp for Indian players.”

Namboodiri said he had initially contacted Wasim Akram for the role but was refused. He's now looking for a replacement for Asif.

George Binoy is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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