Mohammad Shahzad suspended for doping violations by ICC

Mohammad Shahzad suspended for doping violations by ICC

On Thursday, International Cricket Council (ICC) has banned the Afghanistan opener wicket-keeper batsman Mohammad Shahzad for 12 months after inadvertently ingested the prohibited substance, as a contaminant of a weight loss product. Mohammad Shahzad has breached article 2.1 of the ICC Anti-Doping Code.

Mohammad Shahzad underwent an out-of-competition test in Dubai in January and his sample was found to contain Clenbuterol, classified as a non-specified substance under the World Anti-Doping Agency's (WADA) Prohibited List.

ICC stated, "Mohammad Shahzad admitted the violation and a twelve-month suspension has been imposed, backdated to 17 January 2017, the date of his sample collection. Mr Shahzad will, therefore, be eligible to return to cricket on 17 January 2018. Mr Shahzad was able to satisfy the ICC through evidence and submissions prepared on his behalf that he had no intention to enhance his sporting performance through the use of prohibited substances..."

ICC General Manager Geoff Allardice said the world body has zero tolerance for doping violations. Allardice said, “It further serves as a reminder to all International cricketers of the dangers and risks associated with taking supplements”. “Before thinking about taking a supplement, cricketers should weigh up the risks and dangers of doing so and should fully research the supplement in question so they can make an informed decision,” he added.-