Afghanistans Mohammad Shahzad banned for one-year over doping violation

Dunya News

The ICC charged Shahzad on April 13.

LAHORE (Dunya News)- International Cricket Council (ICC) has slapped retrospective one-year ban on Afghanistan wicket-keeper batsman Mohammad Shahzad over violation of doping code.

The 29-year old was found to be in breach of the ICC Anti-Doping Code, having ingested the banned substance Clenbuterol.

“Inadvertently ingested the prohibited substance, as a contaminant of a weight-loss product he was taking, Hydroxycut." On Thursday, the global governing body announced that Shahzad has been suspended from all cricket-related activities for 12 months after pleading guilty to breaching Article 2.1 of the ICC Anti-Doping Code”, read the statement on the ICC website.

The ban has been applied retrospectively from January 17, 2017 for that was the day Shahzad gave his urine sample for testing. In a form submitted alongside, he had ticked "nil" when asked if he had taken any prescribed or non-prescribed medication or supplements.

The ICC charged Shahzad on April 13. On April 26, he was provisionally suspended. And on June 28, he admitted to his offence.