Pakistan’s Ahmed Shehzad provisionally suspended over failed dope test

Paola Ditto
Luglio 11, 2018

Test cricketer Ahmed Shehzad failed a doping test and the Pakistan Cricket Board will issue a charge sheet to the opening batsman.

Although there has been no specific reason given for the delay, a PCB official previously told ESPNcricinfo that the review board of the government's anti-doping agency was doing a thorough check of the lab results.

Pakistan opener Ahmed Shehzad could be banned from cricket for up to four years after failing a drug test conducted during a domestic tournament in April, the country's cricket authorities confirmed on Tuesday.

PCB had posted in June, "A player has reportedly tested positive for a prohibited substance". The PCB tweeted confirmation of the failed test but said, according to ICC rules, it could not name the player until the result was backed up by Pakistan's anti-doping agency. He also has until July 27 to respond to the charges. But under ICC rules PCB can not name the player or charge sheet him until the chemical report is CONFIRMED by the Anti-Dope Agency of the government.

Shehzad, 26, has struggled to nail down a place in the Pakistan squad in recent years but played in the two-match Twenty20 series at Scotland in June, where he scored a combined 38 runs as the visitors recorded commanding victories.

Shehzad has played 13 tests, 81 ODIs, and 57 Twenty20s for Pakistan, and has centuries in all three formats.

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