Mohammad Asif's fate remains in the balance with Nadeem Akram, the PCB official handling the case, set to return home from Dubai where the fast bowler has been detained since June 1 for the possession of an illegal substance.
Akram said an official from the Pakistan embassy in Abu Dhabi will handle the case and was optimistic about Asif's release.
"I am returning home tonight, but I am hopeful of an early release (for Asif)," Akram told PTI. Though Asif's lawyers are continuing to pursue the case, Akram said there was no word from the Dubai Attorney General or the public prosecutor's office on whether to press charges against Asif or deport him.
Asif had appeared before the chief prosecutor on June 5, where he made his statement. He had appeared before the court two days later, following which the public prosecutor's findings were referred to the Attorney General. The PCB yesterday quashed rumours that the Pakistan government had gotten involved with the case.