Pakistan pair cleared of doping charges

Last updated at 16:07 02 July 2007

The Court of Arbitration for Sport today ruled "with some regret" that it has no jurisdiction to reverse the decision of the Pakistan Cricket Board anti-doping appeals committee to set aside drugs bans imposed on Shoaib Akhtar and Mohammad Asif.

Asif was initially banned for one year and Shoaib for two in November last year after testing positive for a metabolite of prohibited steroid nandrolone, but the PCB's appeals body overturned both bans.

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Akhtar and Asif

The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) appealed against the PCB ruling to CAS, but the Lausanne-based court cannot get involved as the PCB's statutes contain no provision for an appeal to CAS.

In addition, the International Cricket Council's code does not contain any provision obliging the PCB to allow a right of appeal of its decisions to CAS.

A statement from CAS read: "The Court of Arbitration for Sport has dismissed the appeal filed by the World Anti-Doping Agency against the Pakistan Cricket Board Anti-Doping Appeals Committee dated 5 December 2006.

"The CAS has considered that it has no jurisdiction to decide the dispute between the World Anti-Doping Agency and the Pakistan Cricket Board, Shoaib Akhtar and Mohammad Asif."

Both players were included in Pakistan's squad for yesterday's scheduled one-day match against Scotland, but the match was a wash-out. They are due to face India in Glasgow tomorrow.

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