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PCB set to impose six-month ban on Ahmed Shehzad

KARACHI: The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) is likely to impose a six-month ban on opening batsman Ahmed Shehzad after his dope test came positive, according to reports on Monday.

PCB will officially hand out the verdict in a day or two.

Earlier, Shehzad was provisionally suspended and charged with the violation of anti-doping regulations after he tested positive for a prohibited substance in May.

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The punishment can be increased to two years if the offence occurred for the second time, whereas a third offence in this regard can result in a life ban.

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.

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“He has been given till July 18 2018 to advise whether he wishes to have his B Sample tested and till July 27 to respond to the charges levelled in the Notice of Charge,” the PCB said in a statement on its official website. “The PCB has also provisionally suspended Ahmed Shehzad pending the outcome of the charges.”

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.

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