Pakistan opener Ahmad Shahzad is likely to face a six-month ban to be imposed by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) after failing to pass the dope Test.
The reports have suggested on Monday (27 August) that the opening batsman’s dope test came positive resulting that he could face a lengthy ban from the Board.
Previously, the 26-year-old Shahzad was provisionally suspended and charged with the violation of anti-doping regulation after his test came positive for a prohibited substance in May.
It is also learned that above-mentioned punishment can be increased to two years if the offense occurs for the second time, whereas a third offense could impose a life ban on the opener.
His in-competition urine sample, which was collected during the domestic Pakistan Cup tournament in May, tested positive, confirmed by an independent review board in June.
Meanwhile, Sources said that Shahzad has the option to undergo a second dope test. However, the decision regarding this matter is expected in the next few days.
The PCB said in a statement, “He has been given till July 18, 2018, to advise whether he wishes to have his B Sample tested and till July 27 to respond to the charges leveled in the Notice of Charge. The PCB has also provisionally suspended Shahzad pending the outcome of the charges.”
Recently, Shahzad has appeared in the two-match T20I series for Pakistan in Scotland in June 2018.