Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has handed a four months ban to the opening batsman, Ahmed Shehzad for breaking the board’s Anti-Doping Rules, PCB announced via press release. The ban imposed is counted from July 10th, Ahmed Shehzad acknowledged his wrongdoing but told that he did not commit the act to improve his performance or cheat.
Ahmad Shehzad admits that he has committed the damages of the Pakistan Cricket Board Rules, but had no intent to cheat or enhance his performance. Pursuant to a request from Ahmad Shehzad, Agreed Sanctions under Article 8.6 of the PCB Rules have been reached, the press release read. The 26-year old will deliver lectures on this topic as a part of his recovery.
As a part of his therapy process Ahmad Shehzad shall also deliver lectures on anti-doping to such audiences and at such places as the Pakistan Cricket Board may require, the official statement said. On June 20th, PCB issued a statement via Twitter that a player has been tested positive for a prohibited substance, though the name of the player was not revealed then.
It was later revealed that the player was Pakistan’s opener Ahmed Shehzad. Habib Bank Limited dismissed him from department’s captaincy, whereas PCB issued the batsman charge sheet on July 10th. Shehzad was temporarily suspended by the PCB after he was found shamefaced of intense ‘Marijuana’, a banned substance. His dope test was conducted during the Pakistan Cup 2018 in May.
Ahmad Shehzad was Temporarily Suspended and was issued a Notice of Charge by PCB on 10th July 2018 for the presence of a Prohibited Substance in his Sample which was collected through an In-Competition doping test during the Pakistan Cup 2018,” it further read.
Chairman Pakistan Cricket Board Ehsan Mani conveyed his message that there will not be any tolerance regarding the ingesting of prohibited substances. Further he said PCB has a zero-tolerance policy towards doping in cricket and hopes that in future cricketers will exercise utmost care to ensure that no Prohibited Substances enter their system.