Pakistan batsman Ahmed Shehzad's doping ban extended six more weeks by the PCB

Waseem Ahmed 18:09 03/11/2018
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Ahmed Shehzad’s troubles show no signs of ending with the Pakistan batsman’s four-month initial suspension due to a doping offence now extended by six weeks after he was found to have violated the terms of his sanction.

The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) found the right-hander guilty of breaching the rules of his suspension after it emerged Shehzad had played club cricket in Lahore during his ban.

The 26-year-old’s original ban was to run till November 10 but it has now been extended until December 22 following his latest violation.

“This instant decision (to extend his ban) will serve as a constructive lesson not only to Ahmed Shehzad but to other cricketers that strict adherence to applicable rules and regulations is mandatory. A new period of ineligibility of six weeks is imposed on Ahmed Shehzad which shall commence from November 11, 2018,” a PCB order stated.

Shehzad had been found guilty of violating two counts of PCB’s anti-doping rules in July this year following which he was served with his four-month suspension from all cricket.

After it emerged he had participated in club cricket in Lahore during the suspension, the batsman was served with a ‘show-cause notice’ by the PCB asking him as to why action should not be taken against him.

“This is due to my only having played these games at club level, but I can assure you I would never willfully breach the rule as prescribed. Had I been aware that this was a violation, I would never have played cricket at any level,” Shehzad had stated in his defence.

Shehzad has played 13 Tests, 81 ODIs and 57 T20s for Pakistan so far with his last international appearance in a T20 clash against Scotland in June this year.

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