Asif seeks wedding luck
Pakistan paceman Mohammad Asif, who is being investigated by British police in a major spot-fixing scandal, is to celebrate his wedding this week.
Asif and bride Sana Hilal signed a formal wedding contract under Islamic law in March, but a series of celebrations and receptions are due to take place in Pakistan's cultural capital of Lahore from Tuesday.
The 27-year-old was one of three Pakistani players provisionally suspended by the International Cricket Council after a British tabloid claimed no-balls were delivered to order during last month's Lord's Test against England.
The ICC is expected to form a commission to hear the case after Scotland Yard completes an investigation.
"I hope marriage will be the turning point in my career and change my life in a positive way," Asif was quoted as saying by local television channels.
Several teammates, including Test captain Salman Butt and Mohammad Aamer -- the others suspended by the ICC -- are expected to attend the festivites.
"Asif is very relaxed and is hopeful that he will be cleared of any spot-fixing charges. He hopes that his wedding will bring luck for him," said a family friend, who did not want to be named.
Since his debut in 2005, Asif's career has been dogged by controversy.
He twice failed dope tests and twice tested positive for a banned steroid. In 2006, he was banned for one year -- a punishment overturned on appeal.
But when he tested positive again in the inaugural Indian Premier League (IPL) season in 2008, his appeal against a one-year ban failed.