Mohammad Asif, the Pakistan fast bowler, has apologised to the nation for his repeated misdemeanours. Asif, who was in tears during an interview to a TV channel, vowed to come back a reformed man.
"I have committed mistake after mistake and for that I apologise to the nation," Asif said on the Geo Super channel. "I have disregarded the green Pakistan blazer but I promise that if I get the next chance I will be a totally changed player."
Asif has been at the centre of controversies during the past 15 months. Before the World Twenty20 in South Africa in September last year, fellow fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar struck him with a bat. Asif did not face any caution but Akhtar was sent back home. In June this year, soon after the IPL, Asif was detained at Dubai airport for allegedly possessing opium. He was released after 19 days. In July the IPL announced that Asif's urine sample had tested positive for nandrolone, which was confirmed by the B sample as well.
Asif, though, appealed against the results of his test, on the basis that the level of the drug varied in both samples. "They announced the report of the test after two and a half months and are now not conducting any hearing," Asif said. "It's piling frustration on me and I anxiously wait to get cleared so that I can resume my cricket."
Asif has been suspended by the PCB from all forms of the game pending the result of the IPL inquiry. The board had ordered an investigation into his Dubai detention, but it is unlikely they will take any action on that front soon.
He had previously tested positive for nandrolone just before the 2006 Champions Trophy in India. Though he was banned for one year by a PCB tribunal, the punishment was overturned a month later on appeal.