Afghanistan wicketkeeper-batsman Mohammad Shahzad has been provisionally suspended with immediate effect. Shahzad has been charged by ICC for anti-doping rule violation, the ICC confirmed on Sunday. Shahzad was tested on January 17 at the ICC Academy in Dubai and was charged with a violation earlier in April. The sample was then sent to a WADA-accredited laboratory in Salt Lake City, Utah and it contained clenbuterol, which comes under the category of anabolic substances. Shahzad will not be able to play competitive cricket till the results of his disciplinary hearing comes out. Since he is provisionally suspended, he therefore can challenge the ban against him. READ: Mohammad Shahzad goes past Virat Kohli in T20I career runs
If found guilty, Shahzad can be out of action for two to four years. If the doping was not intentional, Shahzad will be banned for two years. ICC in their press release on April 13 said, “Within five days from the date of the notice of the charge, Shahzad has the right to request that his B sample is analysed. Within 12 days from the date of the notice of the charge, Shahzad can challenge the imposition of the provisional suspension at a provisional hearing, in which case the provisional suspension will not be imposed until the challenge is determined.” READ: “Cricket is the only thing which drives our nation”, says Mohammad Shahzad
“If Shahzad decides not to exercise his right to challenge the imposition of the provisional suspension within the 12-day deadline, his provisional suspension will immediately commence on 26 April 2017. Shahzad has to respond to the charge within 14 days. If he fails to do so, he will be deemed to have waived his entitlement to a hearing and admitted to having committed the anti-doping rule violation,” the release further informed.
Shahzad, considered to be one of Afghanistan’s bright prospects has played 58 One-Day Internationals (ODI) and 58 T20 Internationals (T20I) for his country.