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Ahmed Shehzad reportedly fails dope test, faces suspension

Pakistan batsman Ahmed Shehzad has reportedly failed a dope test and is facing a three-month suspension.

cricket Updated: Jun 21, 2018 00:56 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, New Delhi
Ahmed Shehzad,doping,World Anti-Doping Agency
Ahmed Shehzad has reportedly failed a dope test and is facing a suspension of close to three months, according to reports. (AFP)

Ahmed Shehzad, the 26-year-old Pakistan cricketer, has reportedly failed a dope Test and risks facing a three-month suspension from the game.

According to a report on cricbuzz, Shehzad, who recently played for Pakistan in the Twenty20 series against Scotland, was tested during the Pakistan Cup where he played for Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. The decision is expected to be announced in the next five days.

Earlier in the day, the media department of the Pakistan Cricket Board had put out a tweet stating the details, which was retweeted by the Board.

Shehzad has been in and out of the Pakistan national team since the end of the World Twenty20 in 2016 in India where the team was eliminated in the league stages. Following the end of the tournament, the then head coach Waqar Younis had recommended dropping him and Umar Akmal from the team.

The right-hander last played a Test in 2017 where he was part of Pakistan’s squad which finally won a series in the West Indies for the first time. Shehzad was included in the series against Scotland only because Babar Azam suffered a wrist injury in the Lord’s Test against England.

The latest development is likely to jeopardize Shehzad’s chances of making it to the side for the Twenty20 tri-series featuring Zimbabwe and Australia.

First Published: Jun 21, 2018 00:55 IST