Mohammed Asif's career all but over

Karachi: Pakistan media has said fast-bowler Mohammed Asif`s international cricket career is all but over after the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) declined his appeal to lift his seven-year ban for spot-fixing.

The pacer had failed several drug tests in 2006 and 2008, which provoked the sport legal authority to ban the pacer for a few years.

Asif was found guilty for carrying a banned drug at Dubai Airport. He was then detained for 19 days.

The cricketer was touted as ` eternal fixer` because of his alleged scandal with film star Veena Malik who revealed his huge monetary debts to her.

While Asif`s inability to act more responsibly and accountably failed the expectations of his followers, Pakistan coach Bob Woolmer`s faith in the bowler allowed him to claim 11 wickets in a tour match against England in 2005 and win the final match between Pakistan and India by taking seven wickets.

Asif`s winning streak helped Pakistan to win series of matches not only in the country but also at international levels. But, the player`s injuries added to his not-so-good disciplinary records have left the sports authorities in Pakistan with no other choice than limiting the talented cricketer`s career, the report added.


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