PAKISTAN fast bowler Muhammad Asif may have got away from the UAE, but at the cost of a deportation and being found in possession of banned substances. This is the second case to hit the Pakistan cricket team after the Shoaib Akhtar case, in which Asif was also involved, and it appears that there is a clear conspiracy to make sure that Pakistan does not have a pace attack. The PCB, ironically with an urologist at its head, appears powerless to stop this public humiliation, which comes just before the Champions' Trophy, and leaves Pakistan without an experienced attack at the start of a very important tournament. At the same time, cricketers should keep in mind that they are ambassadors of their country, and getting caught like this is bad for the national image. There is little use throwing the blame on the Board, though it is obvious that it does not have the trust of their players. It is for the players themselves to practice a policy of staying drug-free. The Board can at best keep the players informed, but truly effective policing can only come from the players themselves. They should not tolerate banned substances, not exchange notes about various airport authorities.