Pakistan’s Ahmed Shehzad handed four-month ban by PCB for violating anti-doping rules

first_imgPakistan Cricket Board has handed Ahmed Shehzad a four-month ban effective from July 10, 2018 for violating PCB’s anti-doping rules.July 10 was the date when PCB provisionally suspended Shehzad as he tested positive for a prohibited substance after a random dope test was conducted during the Pakistan Cup domestic tournament.Shehzad was charged with two violations of the PCB’s anti-doping rules. He has admitted to the violations but said he had no intent to cheat or enhance his performance.Shehzad was charged with two violations of PCB’s anti-doping rules. The 26-year-old has admitted to the violations but stressed on the fact that he had no intent to cheat or enhance his performance.Apart from serving the four-match ban from international and domestic cricket (till November 10) — Shehzad also has to deliver anti-doping lectures “to such audiences and at such places as the PCB may require”, as part of his rehabilitation process.”PCB has a zero tolerance policy towards doping in cricket and hopes that in future cricketers will exercise utmost care to ensure that no Prohibited Substances enter their system,” Ehsan Mani, the PCB chairman, said.Shehzad is not the first Pakistani cricketer to fail a dope test as in February 2016, the ICC had banned Pakistani leg-spinner,Yasir Shah for three months after he failed a dope test and pleaded guilty to the charge.In the past, Pakistani cricketers Shoaib Akhtar, Muhammad Asif, Abdul Rehman and Reza Hasan have also tested positive in dope tests and faced bans.(With inputs from PTI)advertisementlast_img

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