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Shahzad banned for a year over failed doping test

Shahzad banned for a year over failed doping test

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Dec 07, 2017 - 17:55

KABUL (Pajhwok): The International Cricket Council (ICC) has suspended Afghanistan wicketkeeper-batsman Mohammad Shahzad for a year after he was tested positive for a banned substance.

Shahzad was tested positive for banned substance clenbuterol during an out-of-competition test in January. He was facing a suspension of up to four years.

However, the ICC ruled that Shahzad had unintentionally ingested the prohibited substance after a weight-loss drug he was taking was contaminated with clenbuterol.

The suspension has been backdated to January and he will therefore be free to return to the sport in January 2018.

In a statement, the ICC said Shahzad had successfully argued that he had "no intention to enhance his sporting performance through the use of prohibited substances or to mask the use of another performance enhancing substance".

He had, instead, inadvertently ingested the prohibited substance after taking Hyrdoxycut supplements which were contaminated with clenbuterol," the governing body added.

The ICC confirmed, however, that Shahzad still deserved a ban from the sport as he "failed to satisfy the high levels of personal responsibility incumbent upon him as an international cricketer subject to anti-doping rules".

Shahzad has made a combined 116 appearances for Afghanistan across the Twenty20 and one-day international formats.

"Today's announcement reinforces the ICC's zero-tolerance approach to doping, and reminds all international cricketers that they remain personally responsible for ensuring that anything they eat, drink or put into their bodies does not result in an anti-doping rule violation," said ICC general manager for cricket, Geoff Allardice.

"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."

Afghanistan, as well as Ireland, were awarded Test status earlier this year.

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