Pakistani Batsman Ahmed Shahzad Faces Ban For Dope Case

| July 11 , 2018 , 13:18 IST

Pakistan Cricket Board(PCB) had announced that Pakistan opener Ahmed Shahzad has been charged after failing a doping test and was suspended on Tuesday.

The Pakistan Cricket Board received the report from the Independent Review Board on Tuesday and handed a notice of charge to the 26-year old batsman.

PCB tweeted, “Cricketer Ahmad Shahzad has tested positive for a banned substance. PCB will issue charge sheet”

Earlier in June, the Pakistan Cricket Board had announced that a player had failed the dope test but denied to reveal his name until the completion of a chemical test, as per the rules of the International Cricket Council (ICC).    

The dope charge was a severe blow to the Pakistani player’s unsettled career. Shahzad last played for his country in a T20 International series in Scotland last month and only managed to score a total of 38 runs although Pakistan managed to win both the matches comfortably.

After making his Test debut in 2013, Shahzad has scored 983 runs in 13 matches. He lost his test place in Pakistan's tour to the West Indies in 2017 and has not played a single one-day International since October last year.

Pakistan has a long list of cricketers who failed tests for performance-enhancing drugs. In 2015 left-arm spinner Raza Hasan received a 2-year ban after failing a dope test.

Two other Pakistan spinners Yasir Shah and Abdur Rehman also received temporary bans.