PCB to charge Ahmed Shehzad after dope test turns up positive

Jose Verdugo
Julio 11, 2018

The Pakistan Cricket Board will issue a formal charge sheet on Tuesday, confirming reports in recent days that the 26-year-old had tested positive for a banned substance.

Although there has been no specific reason given for the delay, a PCB official previously told ESPNcricinfo that the review board of the government's anti-doping agency was doing a thorough check of the lab results.

Pakistan opener Ahmad Shehzad failed a drug test conducted during a domestic tournament in April, the cricket authorities confirmed Tuesday, and could face a ban of up to four years. "PCB will issue charge sheet today", the governing body said on its verified Twitter account.

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Shehzad lost his Test place following Pakistan's tour to the West Indies in mid-2017 and has not played a one day worldwide since last October. However, as per the rules of the International Cricket Council, PCB had not revealed the cricketer's name. A player has reportedly tested positive for a prohibited substance.

The PCB tweeted last month that a cricketer failed a doping test, but was waiting for reconfirmation from Pakistan's anti-doping agency. "We should have an answer in a day or two", PCB had tweeted on June 20. Shehzad was the highest run-scorer as he scored 372 runs with three fifties and a century for Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

Since making his Test debut in 2013, he has scored 983 runs in 13 matches.

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