Ahmed Shehzad fails dope test, risks suspension

Shehzad was tested during the Pakistan Cup one-day tournament held from April 19-May 1 in Faisalabad.

Ahmed Shehzad in action for Pakistan   -  Getty Images

Pakistan opener Ahmed Shehzad has failed a dope test and may face a minimum three-month-long suspension.

Shehzad - who has played 13 Tests, 81 ODIs and 57 T20 internationals - was tested during the Pakistan Cup one-day tournament held from April 19-May 1 in Faisalabad.

“He has tested positive in the initial test but the process has to be completed before we can make any official statements,” a reliable source in the board told PTI  while adding that random dope tests were carried out regularly in domestic cricket as well in accordance with the WADA and ICC anti-doping regulations.

“The board has a zero-tolerance policy on this issue but at the same time it is fair to give a proper chance to the player to defend himself, he added.

In February 2016, the International Cricket Council had provisionally suspended Pakistan leg-spinner Yasir Shah for a positive drug test.

In the past, Pakistan cricketers including Shoaib Akhtar, Muhammad Asif, Abdul Rehman and Reza Hasan have all faced suspension for similar offence.

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