Top 5 doping cases in international cricket

Yusuf Pathan's recent suspension due to a doping violation shook the cricketing world. It took the game back to the time when many international cricketers faced the doping music.

Abdur Rehman, the 37-year-old Pakistan left-arm spinner, faced a 12-week ban from all forms of cricket in 2012. He tested positive for cannabis. At that time, he had just finished his stint in the English county for Somerset. He was also a part of Pakistan’s squad for the ICC World Twenty20 that year. But he couldn’t make use of the chances. However, he could stage a comeback. Rehman last played a Test in 2014 against Sri Lanka. Photo: AP
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Failing a dope test in the middle of a World Cup is the worst thing that can happen to any cricketer. Sri Lanka’s Upul Tharanga invited trouble as soon as he submitted a urine sample following the semifinal. It had traces of two steroids, prednisone and prednisolone, banned by the WADA. He had later confessed of using a herbal medicine to cure his shoulder injury. His ban lasted three months. Photo: AFP
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Pakistan speedster Mohammad Asif tested positive for nandrolone — a performance-enhancing drug — in 2006. He was immediately dropped from the Champions Trophy squad and was handed a one-year ban. His suspension was revoked but three years later, in 2009, he was caught in possession of illegal drugs in Dubai. The charge snatched his IPL contract with Delhi Daredevils. Photo: AFP
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Many keep forgetting that Australia won the 2003 World Cup without its ace spinner, Shane Warne. He was initially in the squad but he lost his place after failing a drug test. The world class leggie had traces of moduretic, a banned drug. Warne, however, said that it was his mother who advised him to have one tablet, which apparently improves appearance. He was banned for 12 months. Photo: PTI
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Jesse Ryder (New Zealand) had once tested positive for two banned stimulants in 2013. The traces were found in weight-loss supplements that he took. The left-hander faced a six-month ban, but later, the tribunal believed that the supplements were taken to contain weight and not to enchance performance. Photo: GETTY IMAGES
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