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Shoaib’s doctor rubbishes claim

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The personal doctor and trainer of fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar, Dr Tauseef Razzak has rubbished claims made by a Pakistani newspaper that the airport customs officials had found a large number of empty syringes in his luggage while he was travelling to India to play in the Indian Premier League.

Razzak said on Sunday that the report was incorrect and no such incident had happened.

“The talk about Shoaib telling the customs officials that he needed the syringes to inject insulin as he was a diabetic is not true. He has asthma problems and uses a inhaler for which he has got permission of the International Cricket Council (ICC),” Razzak said.

The report came two days before officials of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) arrived in India to carry out random dope tests on the players appearing in the IPL.

The IPL is an event recognised by the ICC but its doping policy does not apply in the tournament, although the organisers have taken the initiative of having random dope tests conducted by WADA experts.

Razzak said the impression that Shoaib was taking any performance enhancing drugs or medicines was rubbish.

“All such insinuations are terrible. Shoaib has a breathing problem for which he uses an inhaler. He has had problems with his knee which is strapped. That’s all. Rest he is working hard to give his best in the IPL,” Razzak said.

“I have spoken to Shoaib and he said the passenger behind him at the customs check-up had syringes in his luggage and the media had linked that with him,” he claimed. He also said that Shoaib was considering taking legal action against the daily.

Source:Cricket News

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