Islamabad, Aug.26 (ANI): Tainted Pakistan pacer Mohammad Asif has vowed not to repeat his past mistakes which saw him being banned from international cricket for a year.
In an interview with PakPassion.net, Asif expressed happiness over his selection in the 15 member squad for the ICC Champions Trophy and said he would justify the selectors’ decision through his performance.
“There will be no mistakes this time around. I am extremely happy and grateful that I am back in the Pakistan team and I want to work hard and justify the decision by the selectors,” Asif said.
“I don’t want to let anyone down, especially myself and the fans and I will do my utmost to help Pakistan perform well in South Africa,” he added.
Asif was banned from international cricket for one year after failing a dope test. His ban expires on September 22, the day Champions Trophy is scheduled to begin in South Africa.
Asif’s career had plummeted after he failed a dope test during the Indian Premier League’s (IPL) inaugural season.
He was also detained at the Dubai airport for 19 days for carrying an illegal substance (opium) while returning from India.
The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) had also slapped a fine of one million rupees on Asif for his Dubai ‘misadventure’. (ANI)