Doping violation leads Mohammad Shahzad into 12-month ban

Mohammad Shahzad will be free to play from 17th January next year
Mohammad Shahzad will be free to play from 17th January next year

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.

The swashbuckling opening batsman underwent a test at World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) accredited laboratory in Dubai in January which revealed that his 'A' sample had clenbuterol, a prohibited anabolic agent.

A statement released by the governing body stated that the 29-year-old "had inadvertently ingested the prohibited substance, as a contaminant of a weight loss product he was taking, Hydroxycut."

Shahzad pleaded guilty to the charges and his ban has been backdated to 17th January 2017 - the date at which his sample was collected which means he will be free to return back to the game on 17th January 2018.

"Today’s announcement... reminds all international 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," ICC General Manager – Cricket, Geoff Allardice said.

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

"Before thinking about taking a supplement, cricketers should weigh up the risks and dangers of doing so and should fully research the supplement in question so they can make an informed decision."

Shahzad has played 58 each of One-Day Internationals and Twenty20 Internationals and has 3680 runs combined.

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