Pakistan’s Ahmed Shehzad has failed a dope test and is set to be suspended by the Pakistan Cricket Board, according to a report on cricbuzz. The top-order batsman could face minimum of three-month ban.
PCB chairman Najam Sethi confirmed in a tweet that a Pakistani player was tested positive. “A player has reportedly tested positive for a prohibited substance,” the tweet said.
“But under ICC rules, PCB cannot name the player or chargesheet 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.”
It is learnt that Shehzad was tested during Pakistan’s domestic one-day competition ‘Pakistan Cup’. He played for Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and was the highest run-scorer with 372 runs at 74.40 including three half-centuries and a ton in the five-team tournament.
Shehzad has been in and out of Pakistan side in past few years. He played two T20Is against Scotland this month. He was included in the squad after Babar Azam suffered a wrist injury during England tour. He managed only 38 runs in the two matches against Scotland. Before that series he was benched against Windies at home.
The right-hander last played a Test match in 2017 when Pakistan won their first series in the Caribbean. He averages 40.91 in 13 Tests. His last Test century was 176 against New Zealand back in November 2014.
Shehzad’s form has been a problem over the years. He is unlikely to be picked in Pakistan squad for T20I tri-series with Australia and Zimbabwe in Zimbabwe. The tri-series will kick off on 1st July.