LAHORE - Drug-taunted Pakistan fast bowler Mohammad Asif, who is under one year ban for the use of banned substance, has left for England for a comprehensive training programme to get into proper shape before September. Asif was banned by an Indian Premier League tribunal for testing positive for nandrolone last year and the inquiry committee slapped him with a one year ban which will terminate in the coming September. Asif said that in a statement that he wanted to be fit enough for his place back in the national team once the ban on him ends in September. "Asif will be travelling to South Africa to go and watch some of the IPL matches as well with his support staff who is there with him, sent from here by Portfolio World," Asif's media consultant said in a statement. Asif, 26, had been banned from playing an international cricket for one year, after being found guilty of using banned drug Nandrolone during the Indian Premier League (IPL) tournament. One year ban, starting September 22, 2008, which means he would be eligible to play international cricket ahead of the ICC Champions Trophy which was originally scheduled in Pakistan from September 24 but has been pulled out from the country due to security and safety fears. The Pakistan Cricket conversely had wrote IPL to trim down Asif's ban from July 14, 2008, when the IPL claimed, he [Asif] failed a dope test instead of from September last year, however, IPL rejected PCB's plea to backdate the ban to July 15, 2008 from September. 23, 2008.