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Ahmed Shezad handed a ban for four months over positive dope test

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Ahmed Shezad handed a ban for four months over positive dope test

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SportsCafe Desk

10/06/2018

The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has reportedly banned Pakistan opener Ahmed Shehzad for four months dated 10th July 2018 for violating anti-doping regulations after he tested positive for a prohibited substance in May. Ahmed Shehzad will return to cricket on November 11, 2018.

Ahmed Shehzad was provisionally suspended by the PCB after his in-competition urine sample tested positive during the Pakistan Cup Domestic. 

"A four (04) month period of ineligibility, commencing from the date of his Provisional Suspension, i.e. 10th July 2018, has been imposed on Shehzad," a PCB release said on Friday (October 5). "Additionally, as a part of his rehabilitation process Ahmad shall also deliver lectures on anti-doping to such audiences and at such places as the PCB may require," PCB said in a press release.

The 26-year-old lad has agreed to the positive tests that he violated the PCB’s constitutions during the series. However, the release states that he “had no intent to cheat or enhance his performance”.  

His samples were forwarded to a WADA-accredited laboratory for analysis, which confirmed the prohibited substance in the report. The report was received to PCB on June 11. Despite that, Shehzad played in the two T20Is against Scotland 12 and 13. He was then dropped from the T20I squad for the triangular series against Zimbabwe and Australia. 

"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," said the PCB statement quoted board chairman Ehsan Mani.  

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