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Asif detained at Delhi airport

January 18, 2009 08:47 IST

Pakistan's dope-tainted fast bowler Mohammad Asif was stopped by immigration officials at Delhi airport on Saturday night for not carrying complete travel documents and is being deported to his country.

The 25-year-old bowler, who has been dogged by a series of controversies and a dope scandal, found himself in more trouble after he landed at Delhi airport via Mumbai.

He was detained by the immigration officials for carrying "insufficient documents" according to sources.

"Asif has a five-year visa issued to him which states he can travel to India as an international cricketer to play in the Indian Premier League.

"But since he has gone on a private visit and not to play cricket, he was supposed to inform the Indian High Commission in Islamabad for clearance which he did not do," the source said.

According to sources in the Pakistan Cricket Board the fast bowler has sought help from the Pakistan High Commission in Delhi to sort out the problem.

Asif, who is a contracted player with the Delhi Daredevils IPL team, said he was going to India to meet with IPL officials to sort out some issues with them.

After interrogating Asif immigration officials have decided to deport him which means that Asif cannot enter the city and would have to leave for his country from the airport itself.

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