Qazi Onik banned for two years over drug charge

Bangladeshi fast bowler Qazi Onik has been banned for two years after testing positive for drugs. The left-arm pacer has pleaded guilty to a two-year ban. The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) has confirmed in a press release that he will be banned for violating anti-drug rules.

Kazi Anik gets banned for two years over drug charge

In a press release on Sunday night (July 26), the BCB said that Kazi Anik had violated Section 8.3 of the BCB’s Anti-Doping Code by taking a drug called methamphetamine. He also admitted the allegations against him. He will not be able to take part in any cricket activities for the next two years due to the ban

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Qazi Onik, who was playing in the National League for Dhaka Metro at the time, underwent a dope test in Cox’s Bazar on November 8, 2016. His result was positive at that time. His sentence was effective from February 8, 2019. He will be able to return to the field on February 8, 2021.

Just before the start of the player draft for the latest edition of the Bangladesh Premier League, it was announced that Onik’s name has been withdrawn from the draft. But it was not immediately clear why he was dropped. However, it was later learned that serious allegations of being caught in a dope test had been leveled against him.

The promising pacer has been embroiled in a dope scandal since the beginning of his bright future. So far, the pacer has played 4 first-class matches, 26 List A matches and 9 Twenty20 matches. He has played for Chittagong Vikings, Rajshahi Kings and Dhaka Dynamites in previous BPL events. Besides, Qazi Onik has played for Dhaka Metro in the National League and Mohammedan in the Dhaka Premier League.

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