Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has lengthened batsman Ahmed Shehzad's comeback to international arena by adding six weeks to his four-month ban for failing a dope test on Friday (November 2).
Shehzad would have allowed resuming his cricket career in the super eight stage of the Quaid-e-Azam Trophy as his four-month ban under the anti-doping clauses was to end on November 10, but the opener pushed himself into the trouble by breaching the terms of his anti-doping ban.
During the period of ban, players are not allowed to participate in any competitive cricket, but he played nine friendly matches for his Lahore club, Muslim Gymkhana, which is against the rules.
However, Shehzad has apologised for breaching the terms of his anti-doping ban and has also shown regret for the same but the PCB said being a professional cricketer there is no excuse for him not being aware of rules and regulations and he has to serve the new ineligibility period.
The PCB said in a statement, “Mindful that the instant decision will also serve as a constructive lesson to Ahmed Shehzad and other cricketers, that strict adherence to applicable rules and regulations is mandatory, a new period of ineligibility is imposed on Ahmed Shehzad which will be applicable from November 11th, 2018.”
The new six-week ban effectively rules out the Shehzad for the ongoing series against New Zealand and possibly also out of the South Africa tour in December.
(Input: Press Trust of India)