The rules justifying the ban on Mohammad Asif for one year gives the impression that the fast bowler has been banned by the IPL alone and not across the sport. The ICC reiterated its expectation that all members observe the ban and that Asif will not be available to play until the ban has been completed. But the question is, has the IPL got the authority to ban a player from the sport for any length of time? KP Mohan in the Hindu wonders.
The ICC anti-doping code, relevant to the year 2008, when the Asif doping offence occurred, does not extend to anything other than ICC events. Even if one were to take into account the clause relating to “mutual enforcement and assistance”, the ICC would be duty bound to enforce only a member unit’s regulations and not that of a tournament.
Kanishkaa Balachandran is a senior sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo