The Pakistan cricket team opener Ahmad Shahzad failed a dope test and has been tested positive for marijuana. The test was conducted prior to the shortest format series against Scotland where Shahzad opened the batting in both matches.
According to reports, the 26-year-old batsman was tested during the domestic ODI tournament Pakistan Cup played in April-May. Shehzad represented Khyber Pakhtunkhwa team in the Cup and scored 372 runs at a staggering average of 74.40 runs per match.
He was also the leading run scorer of the tournament with three fifties and a century to his name.
Sources mention that the World Anti-Doping Agency will have the final say on how long Shahzad will be banned from international cricket. However, as per the reports, the ban will be of minimum three months.
PCB Chairman Najam Sethi retweeted the news without mentioning the player.
“A player has reportedly tested positive for a prohibited substance. But under ICC rules, the PCB cannot name the player or charge sheet 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.”
Several renowned sports journalists confirmed through Twitter that the player under question is none other than Ahmad Shahzad himself.
BREAKING NEWS,AHMAD SHAZAD DOPE TEST POSITIVE,PCB CONFIRMS
— Saleem Khaliq (@saleemkhaliq) June 20, 2018
Ahmad Shahzad has been tested positive for Marijuana – the test was conducted prior to the Scotland series during Pakistan Cup.
— zainab abbas (@ZAbbasOfficial) June 20, 2018
After the unfortunate news for Pakistan cricket, Shahzad’s name has been dropped from the squad that will face Zimbabwe. This means that M Hafeez and Shan Masood will have a shot at making a comeback to the team as openers.