LONDON: Pakistan opener Ahmed Shehzad has failed a dope test and may face a minimum three-month-long suspension. It was learnt that the 26-year-old was tested during the Pakistan Cup, the country’s domestic five-team one-day tournament, held from April 19 to May 1.
Shehzad, who played for KPK that went on to win the tournament, was the highest run-getter – scoring 372 runs at a towering average of 74.40. He struck three fifties and a century.
In a tweet, which was retweeted by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Najam Sethi, the PCB confirmed that a player had failed a dope test. “A player has reportedly tested positive for a prohibited substance,” the tweet said. “But under ICC rules, the PCB cannot name the player or chargesheet him until the chemical report is confirmed by the Anti-Dope Agency of the government. We should have an answer in a day or two.”
The PCB authorities gave the unfortunate news in a meeting held between selection committee and head coach Mickey Arthur on discussing the probable squad for Zimbabwe tour. It is learnt that the PCB has decided not to consider Shehzad for selection for the upcoming tour. Meanwhile, M Hafeez and Shan Masood have become strong contenders for the opening slot.