Asif’s chances of playing in UAE disappear with PCB officials busy in joyrides

      The Pakistan Cricket Board’s (PCB) unprofessionalism was once again highlighted when it failed to convince the United Arab Emirates (UAE) authorities to allow tainted fast bowler Mohammad Asif to take part in the one-day series against New Zealand starting November 3 in Abu Dhabi. According to sources, the PCB officials did virtually nothing to pursue Asif’s case and instead remained busy in joyrides, which has now landed the troubled speedster in more problems. The Arab authorities have threatened to detain Asif the moment he lands in Dubai or Abu Dhabi . “The period running up to the series against New Zealand in the UAE was an ideal time for the PCB to seek reprieve for the bowler. However, since no efforts have been made to contact the UAE Government in person the matter got more complicated,” The News quoted a former cricketer, as saying on conditions of anonymity. Since, the PCB has made no sincere effort to get an official pardon, chances are that Asif may not be allowed to play any international tournaments in the UAE in the future. It is pertinent to mention here that the International Cricket Council (ICC) has shifted its base to Dubai , which clearly suggests that the Arab nation would get more chances of hosting international cricket tournaments in the days to come.

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