Pakistan starter Ahmed Shehzad has failed a dope test and risks a minimum suspension of three to six months for infringing the anti-doping laws.
Shehzad, 26, who has played 13 Tests, 81 ODIs, and 57 T20 internationals, will look an inquiry board created by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB). “He has tested positive in the first test but the process has to be completed before we can make any bureaucrat statements,” a trustworthy source in the board said.
The source confirmed Shehzad had tested positive for a dope examination taken during the Pakistan Cup one-day competition held in April-May in Faisalabad.
The PCB confirmed the development in a tweet but abstain from identifying the player,
In February 2016, the International Cricket Council had expelled Pakistan’s leg-spinner YasirShah for 3-months after he had unsuccessful a dope examination and plead culpable to the accuse.
The PCB source said that as per the WADA and ICC anti-doping rules random dope examination was carried out commonly in domestic cricket as well.
“The board has a zero forbearance rule on this issue but at the same time it is fair to give a proper opportunity to the player to defend himself,” he added.
In the past, Pakistan cricketers including Shoaib Akhtar, Muhammad Asif, Abdul Rehman and Reza Hasan have also tested positive in dope examinations.