Pakistan batsman Ahmed Shehzad has tested positive for a banned substance, the news has been confirmed by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) several hours earlier in Tuesday. The PCB has also said Shehzad will be charged later today.
“Independent Review Board Report on doping case has been received by PCB. Cricketer Ahmed Shehzad has tested positive for a banned substance. PCB will issue charge sheet today,” the governing body said on its verified Twitter account.
On June 20, the PCB announced that an unidentified player had tested positive for a banned substance but refused to reveal the name which has been published now.
“A player has reportedly tested positive for a prohibited substance. But under ICC rules PCB cannot name the player or charge-sheet him until the chemical report is confirmed by the Anti-Dope Agency of the government. We should have an answer in a day or two,” PCB had tweeted on June 20.
Cricketers can be banned for up to two years if found guilty, depending on the nature of the case.
Shehzad scored more than 5000 runs for Pakistan across all three formats of the game, including 10 hundreds, since his international debut back in 2009.
He played in Pakistan’s T20 series against Scotland last month but was not selected for the recent T20 tri-series in Zimbabwe involving the host nation and Australia.
As per reports, the batsman was tested during the Pakistan Cup, the domestic five-team one-day tournament was held from April 19 to May 1. Shehzad was the highest run-scorer as he scored 372 runs with three fifties and a century for Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.