Contaminated weight-loss pill leads to Shahzad doping ban

Remigio Civitarese
Dicembre 7, 2017

Afghanistan wicketkeeper-batsman Mohammad Shahzad has been banned for a year by the International Cricket Council (ICC) after he failed a drugs test.

The ban has been backdated to his sample collection on 17 Jan, 2017 and he can return to cricket on 17 Jan, 2018. The sample was tested and found that it contain clenbuterol, which is classified as a non-Specified Substance under WADA's Prohibited List and is prohibited both in-competition and out-of-competition.

The substance is prohibited according to WADA both in-competition and out-of-competition.The 31-year-old pleaded guilty to the charge but was able to convince the ICC that he had taken the substance unintentionally in his bid to reduce weight.

In a statement, the International Olympic Committee said Shahzad had successfully argued that he had "no intention to enhance his sporting performance through the use of prohibited substances or to mask the use of another performance enhancing substance".

Shahzad last played for Afghanistan in the ODI series against Ireland on March 24, 2017 at Greater Noida.

"Today's announcement. reminds all global cricketers that they remain personally responsible for ensuring that anything they eat, drink or put into their bodies does not result in an anti-doping rule violation", ICC General Manager - Cricket, Geoff Allardice said. "Before thinking about taking a supplement, cricketers should weigh up the risks and dangers of doing so and should fully research the supplement in question so they can make an informed decision" continued Mr Allardice.

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