January 2, 2005
Dead rubber, deader debut
Makes his Test debut in the dead rubber against Australia in Sydney
. Finishes the match with figures of 0 for 72 and 0 for 16 as Pakistan lose be nine wickets. Is dropped until December.
November 6-8, 2005
Bowls Pakistan A to victory against England with 7 for 62 and 3 for 44 in a tour match
, but misses out on a Test spot. Is included in the squad for the third Test, but is left out of the XI.
November 30, 2005
Signs for Leicestershire for 2006 season
December 21, 2005
ODI debut is better
Makes one-day debut in the fifth ODI in Rawalpindi
against England. Dismisses Marcus Trescothick in his first over and takes 2 for 14 in seven overs, but Pakistan lose the match.
January 21-25, 2006
Second coming, but similar results
On a Faisalabad pancake
, makes a Test comeback against India. Takes 1 for 103, as India score 603 in response to Pakistan's 588.
January 29 - February 1, 2006
In his third Test, in Karachi
, after Irfan Pathan is done with his hat-trick and Kamran Akmal with his rescue act, takes 4 for 78 and 3 for 48 to help Pakistan win by 341 runs. Later says he likes bowling to batsmen like Rahul Dravid.
April 3-5, 2006
Sri Lanka is his Kandy
Takes 6 for 44 and 5 for 26 in the Kandy Test
, and helps Pakistan turn around a 109-run deficit and win the match, and the series by a 1-0 margin. Wins the Man-of-the-Series award for taking 17 wickets in two Tests.
Injury, and then controversy
Misses the first three Tests on the tour of England due to an elbow injury, but joins the squad for the fourth Test
. The Oval Test, of course, went on to become the most infamous one in recent times.
October 16, 2006
High and low
Tests positive, along with Shoaib Akhtar, for banned anabolic steroid Nandrolone during an internal dope test
carried out by the PCB. They are recalled to Pakistan, and miss the Champions Trophy in India. Asif pleads innocence, claiming he has not willfully taken any performance-enhancing drugs.
January 11-15, 2007
Back, and how
Makes a stunning return
to international cricket, taking 5 for 83 in the first innings against South Africa at Centurion. Manages 2 for 56 in the second, as South Africa chase down 199 easily.
February 13, 2007
Dope drama persists
Is included in Pakistan's squad for the World Cup, but is still under a cloud over the doping issue. Is due to undergo another internal PCB dope test on February 17, and is likely to face a ban if he still retains traces of Nandrolone. Is also carrying an injury.
August 4, 2007
Negative is positive
Clears a dope test conducted at a fitness and training camp in Karachi.
September 6, 2007
In South Africa for the ICC World Twenty20, is hit on his left thigh during a spat with Shoaib Akhtar. Says four days later: "Shoaib did strike me with the bat over a little issue, and got enraged for no valid reason."
Due to a right elbow injury, misses four matches of the five-ODI home series against South Africa. Doesn't heal in time for the Indian tour next month.
June 3, 2008
More drug problems
Is detained by authorities in Dubai on suspicion of possessing drugs. No charges have yet been brought, though he remains in the detention centre at the Dubai International Airport. According to a senior PCB official who is in Dubai handling the case, the substance has been sent to a lab for testing, but they do not know yet what it is.