PCB bans Shehzad over positive dope test
Pakistan batsman Ahmed Shehzad has been given a four-month ban for positive for failed dope test, confirmed by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) on Friday.
The board also informed that the ban is effective from July 10, 2018, the day when the board issued issued a Notice of Charge to Shehzad for consumption of a “prohibited substance.”
PCB released a statement on Friday, which says:
“”Cricketer, Ahmad Shehzad [sic] was Provisionally Suspended and was issued a Notice of Charge by PCB on 10th July 2018 for the presence of a Prohibited Substance in his Sample which was collected through an In-Competition doping test during the Pakistan Cup 2018. Ahmad was charged with two anti-doping violations of the PCB Anti-Doping Rules 2016.”
The 26-year old batsman was given time until July 18 to advise whether he wished to have his B Sample tested. And until July 27 to respond to the charges levelled against him.
Shehzad failed a doping test during the 2018 Pakistan Cup which was held in the month of April and May. Shehzad’s sample was forwarded to a WADA-accredited laboratory for analysis. And the report confirmed that there was consumption of a prohibited substance.
However, Shehzad still played the two T20Is against Scotland on June 12 and 13. Then he was dropped from the T20I squad for the triangular series against Australia and Zimbabwe after the reports of dope test was leaked in media.
PCB Chairman Ehsan Mani said:
“PCB has a zero tolerance policy towards doping in cricket and hopes that in future cricketers will exercise utmost care to ensure that no Prohibited Substances enter their system.”
The four-month ban of Shehzad will end on 10th November, 2018.