Shahzad suspended by ICC


Afghanistan wicketkeeper batsman Mohammad Shahzad has been provisionally suspended by the ICC effective from April 26.

This takes effect as Shahzad has not exercised his right to challenge the imposition of the provisional suspension after he was charged on April 14 with breaching the ICC's anti-doping code.

The sample Shahzad provided in an out-of-competition test, which was conducted on 17 January 2017 at the ICC Academy in Dubai and analysed at the WADA-accredited laboratory in Salt Lake City, was found to contain the presence of Clenbuterol, a Prohibited Substance which appears in Section 1.2 of the WADA Prohibited List (in the category of other anabolic agents).

The ICC issued a media release that read: "The International Cricket Council (ICC) today confirmed that Afghanistan’s wicketkeeper-batsman Mohammad Shahzad has been provisionally suspended with effect from 26 April 2017, pending the outcome of the disciplinary proceeding.

The matter will now be dealt with in accordance with the process set down in the ICC Anti-Doping Code, and until such time as the process is resolved, the ICC will make no further comment on this matter."