Pakistan cricketer Raza Hasan banned for two years

  • Reuters
  • Updated: May 26, 2015 10:12 IST

Pakistan left-arm spinner Raza Hasan has been banned from playing any form of cricket for two years after failing a doping test, the country's cricket board said.

The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) had conducted dope tests during the Pentangular One-Day cup in January 2015 in Karachi. The urine sample collected from Hasan was subsequently analysed at a World Anti-Doping Agency accredited laboratory and was found to have returned an "adverse analytical finding". The results were relayed to the PCB, who banned Hasan on the basis of their anti-doping rules. The board declined to name the substance.

Raza was notified of the test results on March 24 and subsequently failed to send a written request for a hearing within 14 days, the PCB said.

"Therefore in accordance with the Anti-Doping Rules and with the approval of the competent authority, Mr. Raza Hassan (Hasan) is being imposed with a ban that will make him ineligible to participate in the sport of cricket for a period of two years," the board said.

During the ban, Raza will only be eligible to participate in authorised anti-doping education or rehabilitation programmes.

The 22-year old Hasan has played 10 Twenty20 matches for Pakistan, having made his debut in September 2012. He went on to participate in the World T20 later in the month, where he took three wickets in four matches at an economy of 4.93. He has played one ODI, against Australia in Dubai in October 2014. His last international match was a T20 against New Zealand in Dubai in December 2014.

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