LAHORE: Pakistan Cricket Board on Friday announced the verdict of Ahmad Shahzad’s doping case.
Ahmed Shahzad has been banned for four months for violating the Pakistan Cricket Board’s anti-doping rules, a press release said on Friday. The ban will be effective from July 10, 2018.
The PCB states that Shahzad was charged with two anti-doping violations for the presence of a prohibited substance in his sample.
“Ahmad accepts that he has committed the violations of the PCB Rules, but had no intent to cheat or enhance his performance. Pursuant to a request from Ahmad, agreed Sanctions under Article 8.6 of the PCB Rules have been reached,” said the press release.
Apart from the ban, Shahzad will also deliver lectures on anti-doping as part of his rehabilitation.
Earlier, There were reports that The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) is likely to impose a six-month ban on opening batsman Ahmed Shehzad after his dope test came positive,
Shehzad was provisionally suspended and charged with the violation of anti-doping regulations after he tested positive for a prohibited substance in May.
The 26-year-old’s in-competition urine sample, which was collected during the domestic Pakistan Cup tournament in May, tested positive and an independent review board confirmed the result in June.
Earlier, Shehzad also requested the board to impose only a one-month ban in order to avoid losing out in international T20 league contracts but the PCB have declined to accept this as it could prompt action from the International Cricket Council (ICC) and World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA).
Chairman PCB, Ehsan Mani, emphasized that “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”.
Shehzad most recently played for Pakistan in the two-match T20I series in Scotland in June.
The batsman has struggled to nail down a place in the Pakistan squad in recent years but played in the two-match Twenty20 series in Scotland in June, where he scored a combined 38 runs as the visitors recorded commanding victories.
He has represented Pakistan in 13 Tests, 81 ODIs and 57 T20 internationals.