Pakistan news October 15, 2014

PCB bans Umaid Asif for a year

ESPNcricinfo staff

Fast bowler Umaid Asif has been banned for one year by the Pakistan Cricket Board's anti-doping tribunal after testing positive for a prohibited substance. The ban has been deemed to have commenced from January 23.

According to a PCB release, Umaid's urine sample was collected on November 29 in Lahore last year when he was representing Khan Research Laboratories against State Bank of Pakistan in the Faysal Bank T-20 Cup. The sample was forwarded to National Dope Testing Laboratory in New Delhi which gave an adverse analytical finding for substances prednisolone and prednisone, both of which fall under category S9. Glucocorticosteroids in the 2013 WADA Prohibited List

Accordingly, Umaid was issued a notice of charge by the PCB on March 25 wherein he was provisionally suspended from participating in any form of cricket pending the proceedings of the anti-doping tribunal, which comprised Shahid Karim, advocate Supreme Court, Wasim Bari, and Dr. Ucksy Mallick.

After conducting personal hearings, the tribunal found Umaid guilty of violating article 2.1 of the PCB's anti-doping code (presence of a prohibited substance or its metabolites or markers in a cricketer's sample).

Umaid's individual performances in the 2013 Faysal Bank T-20 Cup will be disqualified.