Lahore: In a major jolt to Pakistan Cricket, its prominent batsman Ahmed Shehzad has failed a dope test and is likely to be banned for three months, said the sources.
The 26-year-old batsman had undergone the test during the Pakistan Cup, a domestic five-team 50-over tournament which was held from April 19 to May 1.
The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) on Wednesday confirmed the development without revealing the name of the cricketer as per International Cricket Council (ICC) rules. It claimed that that a prominent cricketer has tested positive for a prohibited substance.
“A player has reportedly tested positive for a prohibited substance. But under ICC rules PCB cannot name the player or chargesheet him until the chemical report is confirmed by the anti-dope agency of the government. We should have an answer in a day or two,” the tweet read.
The PCB is awaiting the results of a blood sample from Pakistan’s anti-doping department which will rubber stamp the doping although the test has come back positive.
The test is understood to have taken place during the recent domestic 50-over tournament in Faisalabad.
Depending on the nature of the prohibited substance, the player could face up to a two-year ban.
The last Pakistan international to suffer that fate was Raza Hasan, who tested positive for cocaine in 2015, and was banned till 2017.