Ahmed Shehzad charged over positive dope test, says Pakistan Cricket Board

Rex Christensen
July 10, 2018

The PCB has confirmed that opening batsman Ahmed Shehzad is the player who tested positive in a recent dope test. Shehzad has been issued a notice of charge.

The PCB made the announcement on social media, stating it had received the report from the Independent Review Board on Tuesday.

Pace bowlers Shoaib Akhtar and Mohammad Asif were both caught using banned substances in 2006 but later reprieved after a tribunal set aside their drug tests.

A source in the board said that the board had previously refrained from naming Shehzad as it wanted to be completely sure about the dope test because of Shehzad's seniority.

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Shehzad can request for his B sample (taken at the time as his A sample) to be tested, and if that test does not confirm a positive result then his suspension would be lifted with immediate effect.

Earlier, the tests reports were sent to India for a re-check which caused a delay.

Shehzad lost his Test place following Pakistan's tour to the West Indies in mid-2017 and has not played a one day global since last October.

The PCB announced in June that a player had failed a doping test but refused to reveal the name of the team member or the charges they faced until a chemical report was completed, as per the International Cricket Council's (ICC) regulations. "We should have an answer in a day or two", PCB had tweeted on June 20.

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