Pakistan opener Shehzad charged over positive test: PCB

Rex Christensen
July 11, 2018

Test cricketer Ahmed Shehzad failed a doping test and the Pakistan Cricket Board will issue a charge sheet to the opening batsman.

Pakistan opener Ahmed Shehzad could be banned from cricket for up to four years after failing a drug test conducted during a domestic tournament in April, the country's cricket authorities confirmed on Tuesday. "PCB will issue charge sheet today", the board said in a tweet.

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

Once he has received the notice, Shehzad stands provisionally suspended and can not play - or be involved in any capacity - in global matches, and games organised by any national cricket board or its affiliated members.

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The tests reports had been sent to India for a re-check which had caused a delay. He can also request for a hearing before an anti-doping tribunal through a written application that must be received by the anti-doping manager within 14 days.

Earlier in June, the PCB had announced a player had failed a doping test but refused to reveal the name of cricketer until the completion of the investigation, as per the rules of the International Cricket Council (ICC). A player has reportedly tested positive for a prohibited substance.

He was also not part of the one-day worldwide squad which will play a five-match series against Zimbabwe starting Friday.

Meanwhile, Ahmed Shehzad had struggled to break into the Pakistan squad in the recent times.

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