Pakistan opener Ahmed Shehzad has failed a dope test and may face a minimum three-month-long suspension.
In a tweet, which was retweeted by the board chairman Najam Sethi, the PCB confirmed that a player had failed a dope test. “A player has reportedly tested positive for a prohibited substance,” the tweet said.
“But under ICC rules, PCB cannot name the player or charge sheet 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.”
Due to a dip in form, no other franchise showed any interest in Shehzad and when Sultans opted for him, it raised some eyebrows. “I know some eyebrows were raised when we picked him,” said Wasim Akram, Sultan’s team director. “I am going to talk to him in the next couple of days that he has to play cricket with us.”
Shehzad made his Pakistan debut in 2009 against Australia in the UAE and has made 151 international appearances. Right from 2016, Shehzad’s graph has gone down. The Pakistan opener last played a test match in 2017 April.