WADA: Shoaib and Asif must remain suspended

Last updated at 12:27 29 December 2006

The World Anti-Doping Agency has insisted the Pakistan Cricket Board suspend Mohammad Asif and Shoaib Akhtar until a final decision is reached in the pair's doping case.

Shoaib was banned for two years and Asif for 12 months by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) after traces of a banned steroid, nandrolone, were found in their samples, but a three-man panel subsequently upheld their appeals by a 2-1 majority.

The panel ruled neither player, who both came back from injury this year, had taken the substance deliberately. But the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) has carried out their threat to file an appeal against the lifting of bans.

"The PCB should conduct fresh tests of the two and until a decision is reached by WADA on the issue the duo must be kept on hold," Dr Waqar Ahmed, WADA's Pakistan representative, told The Times of India. "WADA has the authority to send its team to any country and also conduct out of competition tests."

The case is set to be heard by the Court of Arbitration for Sport in Lausanne, putting WADA on a collision course with the PCB whose chairman Dr Naseem Ashraf has claimed the matter is closed.

However Pakistan have included Mohammad Asif in their squad to tour South Africa next month.

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