Pakistan player tests positive for prohibited substance

Tanya Simon
June 22, 2018

Ahmad Shahzad, Pakistan's opening batsman, has failed the dope test, Dunya News reported today (Wednesday).

In a post on their official Twitter account, PCB mentioned a player getting "reportedly tested positive for a prohibited substance", refraining from naming Shehzad.

Without naming Shehzad, PCB has confirmed that a player has failed dope test. "A player has reportedly tested positive for a prohibited substance". Cricbuzz has learnt that the 26-year-old was tested during the Pakistan Cup, the country's domestic five-team one-day tournament, held from April 19 to May 1. What are the ICC rules?

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The short statement issued by the board says that the authority can not yet name or take action against the player as per International Cricket Council (ICC) rules "until the chemical report is confirmed by the Anti-Dope Agency of the government". In fact, Shehzad is the leading run scorer in the three edition of the tournament with 372 runs.

PCB had heard the news during a meeting for the selection of Pakistan squad for the upcoming Zimbabwe tour. Sources close to Geo News have known that World Anti-Doping Agency has been informed and is expected to take an action.

Leg-spinner Yasir Shah was also banned for three months when he committed a similar offence in November 2015. His last ODI outing was against Sri Lanka in October 2017 while he did play against Scotland in the T20I series in June this year.

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