The International Cricket Council (ICC) confirmed yesterday that it had been notified about the decision by the Indian Premier League tribunal to ban Pakistan fast bowler Mohammad Asif from participating in the sport.

The ban will last for a year, after the player was found guilty of using banned anabolic steroid Nandrolone.

The ICC has yet to consider the written reasons for the decision in the matter and will make no further comment at this stage other than to confirm its expectation that all member boards will adopt the ban and as such the player will not be available for official cricket until the ban has been completed.