Pakistan’s troubled fast bowler [cricket] Mohammad Asif, who has faced multiple doping charges, told prosecutors in Dubai he thought the opium found in his possession was a herbal remedy, a report showed Sunday.
Asif, 26, was detained in the Gulf emirate for nearly three weeks in June last year for possession of a banned substance before public prosecutors determined the amount of the drugs was insignificant and deported him.
A prosecutors’ report, a copy of which was obtained by AFP, reveals Asif — who faces a two-year ban from an Indian doping tribunal on a separate offence — confessed to using the substance, but said he did not know it was opium.
“I think it’s a herbal dark substance found with me which I use for energy… to reduce blood pressure and gain energy. I have obtained it from one of the public curers in Pakistan,” the report quoted Asif as saying.
“I started using it once every year, by one small piece each time when necessary,” he told investigators.
“I did not intend to bring it to the country and I don’t know whether it is a narcotic drug or otherwise, and I don’t know whether it is prohibited in the UAE or not.”