Mired in a match-fixing controversy, tainted Pakistani fast bowler Mohammed Asif who was to debut in a Malayalam film has now been dropped from the movie, according to its director Kaithapram Damodaran Namboothiri.

Namboothiri told mediapersons on Tuesday that now he just can’t go ahead with the project with Asif.

“He has to be changed because now I do not want to go ahead with him,” said Namboothiri who is making his debut as a director in the film Mazhavillin Attamvare in which the lead character is a Pakistani cricketer who arrives as a bowling coach at a cricket academy in Kerala, searching for his roots.

“I will try some other Pakistani cricketer and, if not, I will seek a Pakistani film actor to do the central role in my film, for which shooting starts in the second week of October,” he added.