Johannesburg: A South African anti-doping organization has said that Proteas allrounder Rory Kleinveldt had failed a doping test.
The South African Institute for Drug-Free Sport yesterday said that Kleinveldt returned a positive sample for a "specified substance", but declined to give further details.
The South African Cricketers` Association had earlier said Kleinveldt, who has played two Twenty20 games for South Africa, should be withdrawn from upcoming domestic matches "as a precaution."
SACA also declined to reveal the substance and plans to review the medical evidence before making any further comment.
The World Anti-Doping Agency defines a "specified substance" as one that is "more susceptible to a credible, non-doping explanation."
They can be found in medicinal products and are susceptible to unintentional use, WADA says. The punishment for a positive test ranges from a warning to a two-year ban.
Kleinveldt, who turned 29 yesterday, can also ask for a "B" sample to be tested.