The World Anti Doping Agency (WADA) has not filed any stay application in the Court of Arbitration for Sports (CAS) to restrain Pakistani fast bowlers Shoaib Akhtar and Mohammad Asif from taking part in International competition.
According to a radio report on Tuesday, Matthieu Reeb, the CAS Secretary General, has said that Shoaib and Asif cannot be suspended before a final decision on their case.
“This is to confirm that WADA, while filing appeals against the acquittal of Shoiab Akhtar and Mohammad Asif, has not filed any stay application restraining the athletes from competition. Therefore, both Shoiab and Asif are not suspended for the time being, thus both can take part in the competition” he said.
Shoaib and Asif tested positive for banned anabolic steroid nandrolone in October and were later banned by a Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) inquiry committee.
However, the pace duo was later cleared by an appeals committee last month, a decision that was challenged by WADA as against international anti-doping regulations. WADA has filed a case in the Lausanne-based CAS.
Meanwhile, both the players have been drafted in the Pakistani squad currently touring South Africa by the PCB which believes that WADA has no right to interfere in Pakistan’s internal matter.
While Asif is already in South Africa where is set to appear in the first Test at Centurion from Thursday, Shoaib is also expected to join the Pakistan team sometimes this week.
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