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Afghanistan’s Shahzad faces doping ban


Afghanistan’s dashing wicketkeeper-batsman Mohammad Shahzad has been charged with an anti-doping rule violation, confirmed the International Cricket Council (ICC) on Thursday (April 13). [নিউজটি বাংলায় পড়ুনঃ ডোপ কেলেংকারিতে ফেঁসে নিষিদ্ধ শাহজাদ]

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Shahzad’s out-of-competition test was conducted on January 17 earlier this year at the ICC Academy in Dubai and following examination at the WADA-accredited laboratory in Salt Lake City, the results showed the presence of Clenbuterol, a prohibited substance which appears in Section 1.2 of the WADA Prohibited List (in the category of other anabolic agents).

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A statement from the world governing body read: “The International Cricket Council today announced that Afghanistan’s wicketkeeper-batsman Mohammad Shahzad has been charged with an anti-doping rule violation under the ICC anti-doping code.

“The sample Shahzad provided in an out-of-competition test, which was conducted on 17 January 2017 at the ICC Academy in Dubai and analysed at the WADA-accredited laboratory in Salt Lake City, was found to contain the presence of clenbuterol, a prohibited substance which appears in Section 1.2 of the WADA prohibited list (in the category of other anabolic agents).

“In accordance with the ICC anti-doping code, pending the outcome of the disciplinary process, Shahzad will be provisionally suspended, with such suspension coming into effect on 26 April 2017, unless he exercises his right to challenge the imposition of the provisional suspension before such date.”

Shahzad, who made his international debut in 2010, has played 58 matches in each of the ODI and Twenty20 formats.
He has scored 1,901 runs in one-dayers with a best score of 131 not out while smashing 1,779 runs in T20 with a high of an undefeated 118.

Shahzad is the fourth highest run-maker in T20 internationals, even passing Indian superstar Virat Kohli in the rankings when Afghanistan whitewashed Ireland 3-0 earlier this year.

– Jannatul Naym Pieal, Correspondent, bdcrictime.com

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