Shahzad banned for a year

Jose Verdugo
Diciembre 8, 2017

The International Cricket Council has confirmed a ban of 12 months for Afghanistan wicket-keeper batsman Mohammad Shahzad after his sample tested positive for a banned substance Clenbuterol.

"Shahzad had provided a urine sample as part of the ICC's out-of-competition testing programme in Dubai, UAE, on 17 January 2017, inadvertently ingesting a prohibited substance", the ICC release said.

The ICC charged Shahzad on April 13.

The substance is prohibited according to WADA both in-competition and out-of-competition.The 31-year-old pleaded guilty to the charge but was able to convince the ICC that he had taken the substance unintentionally in his bid to reduce weight. "Shahzad will, therefore, be eligible to return to cricket on January 17, 2018", the statement said.

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The substance was a contaminant of weight-loss product Hydroxycut that the 29-year-old admitted to taking.

Commenting on the ban, ICC General Manager - cricket Geoff Allardice said: "The announcement reinforces the ICC's zero-tolerance approach to doping, and reminds all global 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".

"It further serves as a reminder to all global cricketers of the dangers and risks associated with taking supplements".

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