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Did Shoaib try cocaine too?

Source: PTI
October 17, 2006 18:28 IST
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After the dope shame, it is being alleged that Shoaib Akhtar and fellow paceman Mohammad Asif had smoked cannabis during Pakistan's recent one-day international series in England.

According to leading Pakistan daily Dawn, both Shoaib and Asif were seen smoking the stuff after Pakistan's win in the third one-day match at Rose Bowl in Southampton, just days after the Oval Test controversy.

"Shoaib was seen allegedly smoking cannabis-filled cigarette on the lawn of the team hotel along with Pakistan bowling coach Waqar Younis," the daily quoted an eye witness as saying.

"Asif, meanwhile, practised something similar in the privacy of his room... [where] he pulled out some of the tobacco from his cigarette to stuff it with the banned substance. He then lit up his cigarette."

The eye-witness, who had come to watch the matches from the United States and was at the hotel to meet players that day, said he saw England-based recruit agent Azhar Mota passing on two small boxes, used for storing 'naswar', to the players.

He also said Asif asked Azhar to fetch him a lucrative county deal.

"Azhar bhai, I am interested in a contract worth 100,000 pounds because only then I would be in a position to give you 10,000 [as commission]," Asif was quoted as saying by the witness.

The incident went unreported unlike a similar case during the 1992-93 tour of the West Indies where Wasim Akram, Waqar, Mushtaq Ahmed and Aquib Javed were detained and then released on bail for possessing marijuana.


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