Published: Thu, June 21, 2018
Sports | By Jonathan Ford

Pakistani cricketer Ahmed Shehzad fails dope test conducted ahead of Scotland series

Pakistani cricketer Ahmed Shehzad fails dope test conducted ahead of Scotland series

Shehzad has been in and out of the Pakistan national team since the end of the World Twenty20 in 2016 in India where the team was eliminated in the league stages.

According to sources privy to the matter, the 26-year-old cricketer from Lahore has failed the dope test, which may result in his immediate suspension. The domestic five-team one-day tournament was held from April 19 to May 1.Shehzad was the highest run-scorer as he scored 372 runs with three fifties and a century for Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. While Shehzad faces the prospect of the three-month ban, he has the right to go for a second sample test.

Pakistani global cricketer Ahmed Shehzad on Wednesday (June 20) has been tested positive for a banned steroid, the test of which was conducted ahead of the two-match T20I series against Scotland.

In the past, some of the most popular Pakistan cricketers, the likes of leg-spinner Yasir Shah, former pacer Shoaib Akhtar, left-arm spinners Raza Hasan and Abdur Rehman along with fast bowler Mohammad Asif have been tested positive for similar tests and were handed over such bans.

A player has reportedly tested positive for a prohibited substance. This was confirmed by the PCB on Twitter when it said ICC rules prevented the player from being named until the chemical report was confirmed by the government's anti-doping agency. "We should have an answer in a day or two", the tweet read. His last ODI outing was against Sri Lanka in October 2017 while he did play against Scotland in the T20I series in June this year.

Without naming Shehzad, PCB has confirmed that a player has failed dope test.

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