Yasir Shah: Pakistan spinner pleaded guilty for failed dope test, receives three month ban from ICC

He reportedly had mistakenly taken his wife's blood pressure medication that was identical in appearance to his own but which contained the prohibited substance chlortalidone.

Last Updated: Feb 07, 2016, 20:15 PM IST
Yasir Shah: Pakistan spinner pleaded guilty for failed dope test, receives three month ban from ICC

New Delhi: Pakistan cricket continue to court trouble with Yasir Shah on Sunday receiving a three month ban from the International Cricket Council (ICC). The leg-spinner pleaded guilty for a failed dope test last year.

The ICC in a release today said, "Shah has been suspended from all cricket-related activities for three months after pleading guilty to breaching Article 2.1 of the ICC Anti-Doping Code".

Shah, 29, has emerged as Pakistan's leading Test bowler after downfall of Saeed Ajmal, who lost form after remodeling an illegal bowling action.

"Shah had provided a urine sample as part of the ICC's random in-competition testing programme after the conclusion of the one-day international between England and Pakistan in Abu Dhabi, UAE on 13 November 2015.

"His sample was subsequently tested and found to contain chlortalidone. This is classified as a "Specified Substance" under World Anti-Doping Agency's Prohibited List and is prohibited both in-competition and out-of-competition."

Since making his debut in September 2011, Shah has played 15 One-Day Internationals and 12 Test matches for Pakistan, taking 18 and 76 wickets respectively.

"Shah admitted the violation and a three-month suspension has been imposed, backdated to 27 December 2015, the day when he was provisionally suspended. Shah will, therefore, be eligible to return to cricket on 27 March 2016."

ICC said it accepted that the doping offence had been inadvertent on the part of Shah as the medication had been taken "for therapeutic reasons, specifically to treat his blood pressure.

"He was able to satisfy the ICC through evidence and submissions prepared on his behalf by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) that he had no intention to enhance his sporting performance or to mask the use of another performance enhancing substance.

"He had, instead, mistakenly taken his wife's blood pressure medication that was identical in appearance to his own but which contained the prohibited substance chlortalidone."