News came from Dubai yesterday that the Dubai public prosecutor, Mohammad Al Nuaimi, who was in charge of Mohammed Asif’s case, had dropped the charges against him due to its insignificance. “It is definite that he committed the crime as he was caught red-handed … however in certain cases and for a faster litigation process the Public Prosecution drops a case due to insignificance and deports the suspect.” said Mr. Al Nuaimi. However, Cricinfo reveals that there may have been some diplomatic work done for his release.
I’m over the moon with the news, because I’ve been a big fan of Asif ever since I saw him bowling here in Sri Lanka 2 years ago. What really attracted me was the way he fooled SL batsman Thilan Samaraweera twice in 3 innings by pitching the ball way outside off – stump, drawing him into a false sense of security and making him shoulder his bat, only to find the ball pitching in viciously and knocking off-stump. It did make him look very foolish indeed. Another reason would be that I could watch a Glenn McGrath clone at least another 10 years, fitness permitting.
However, Asif doesn’t seem to be learning from his mistakes. After being caught using nandrolone along with Shoaib Akthar, I assumed that he would’ve learned a good lesson after being given a lifeline by the authorities. This time, he was caught with hashish (cannabis) in his purse, which he denies any knowledge of. Thankfully, he didn’t have any in his bloodstream, so the potential problems were less.
Some people, in addition to questioning the wisety of keeping drugs in his purse, have also questioned as to why he didn’t take the simple route of going directly to Pakistan from the IPL rather than going through Dubai. Only Asif knows the answer to that!
In other Pakistan news, Kamran Akmal has finally been dropped! I have nothing against Akmal, but its just that he’s been in a rut for nearly 2 years, and I think the Pakistan selectors were just torturing him by keeping him in the side even though his performances weren’t showing any improvement. I feel that it’s a welcome decision by the selectors, and it’ll give him some time to work on his flaws, become a better keeper, and get back to his dashing best. U-19 keeper Sarfraz Ahmed has been made the keeper for the Asia Cup.