Pakistan opener Ahmed Shehzad has reportedly tested positive for a prohibitive substance. The development was confirmed by the Pakistan Cricket Board on Twitter, but said that the name of the player cannot be revealed at the moment as ICC rules prevented it until the chemical report was confirmed by the government’s anti-doping agency.
Sources have confirmed that the test was taken place during the recent domestic five team List-A tournament in Faisalabad where Shehzad turned out for eventual winners Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, also ending the competition as the top run-getter with 372 runs at an average of 74.40.
While the dope test has come back positive, the report from the laboratory that tested the player's blood sample has yet to be confirmed by Pakistan's anti-doping department. The PCB is awaiting the results of that test, saying it would be available in the next day or so.
Depending on the nature of the prohibited substance, the player could face up to a two-year ban.
Shehzad has been out of favour for Test and ODI sides. His last Test appearance was against West Indies in Barbados last year, while he was dropped from the ODI side after two ordinary innings against Sri Lanka last year.
However, He has remained in contention for the T20 side despite an ordinary PSL season. His last appearance for Pakistan came in recently concluded series against Scotland, where he could only manage 14 and 24 runs in two innings.
The last Pakistan international to be banned under similar offence was Raza Hasan, who tested positive for cocaine in 2015, and was banned till 2017.