Shehzad had failed a dope test that he underwent in April during Pakistan Cup. © Getty
The PCB will issue a notice of charge to Ahmed Shehzad on Tuesday (July 10) for the consumption of a prohibitive substance. “Independent Review Board Report on doping case has been received by PCB,” the board confirmed through its verified Twitter account. “Cricketer Ahmad Shahzad [sic] has tested positive for a banned substance. PCB will issue charge sheet today.”
The 26-year-old will have 14 days to submit his response and will be barred from participating in any form of cricket after he has been served the notice, a PCB spokesperson confirmed to Cricbuzz.
Cricbuzz had reported last month that Shehzad had failed a dope test that he underwent in April during Pakistan Cup, a five-team one-day tournament. Despite the test being conducted in April, Shehzad played in two T20Is against Scotland on June 12 and 13. He was dropped from the T20I squad for the triangular series against Australia and Zimbabwe after the reports of dope test circulated in the media.
If charged under the section 8.1 of the PCB’s Anti-Doping Regulations, which deal with offences including anabolic agents; peptide hormones, mimetics and analogues; a prohibited method; refusal to provide a sample; or trafficking, Shehzad can be banned for a minimum of two years. If charged under the section 8.2 which exclude all the offences mentioned in section 8.1, Shehzad will face a maximum ban of three months.
This is not the first time Shehzad has made headlines for the wrong reasons. After Pakistan’s abysmal 2016 World T20 campaign, then head coach Waqar Younis had recommended the PCB to drop him and Umar Akmal from the national side and pushed them to take the long route through domestic performance to regain their spots due to their disciplinary issues.
Shehzad made his Pakistan debut in 2009 against Australia in the UAE and has made 151 international appearances since. He has lately been out of favour in ODIs and Tests. He was benched for the whole Champions Trophy after a 22-ball 12 against India in Pakistan’s first group-match. However, the right-handed batsman returned for Pakistan’s next one-day assignment in the UAE against Sri Lanka. In the two matches he played, he registered a 12-ball duck and 8 off 17. He was then dropped for the one-day leg of Pakistan’s tour of New Zealand.
Shehzad, who averages 40.91 in Tests, last donned whites for Pakistan in April 2017 during Pakistan’s tour of West Indies. He last scored a Test century in November 2014 against New Zealand. He scored 176 before he was hit wicket off a Corey Anderson bouncer that hit him in the helmet and floored him.
His numbers were below par during the recent PSL edition as he managed only 173 runs in nine innings at a paltry average of 19.22. He was picked up by new entrants Multan Sultans, who along with Lahore Qalandars failed to qualify for the play-offs, in the last round of the Gold category after being released by the finalists of the first two editions, Quetta Gladiators.