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Yasir Shah took pill for blood pressure, claims source

Pak spinner, who ICC provisionally suspended for failing a dope test, took medication without consulting PCB's doctor, according to sources

Karachi: Pakistan cricket's chief selector Haroon Rasheed yesterday said that the provisional suspension slapped on leg-spinner Yasir Shah by the International Cricket Council (ICC) is a huge setback for the national team ahead of the upcoming New Zealand tour.

Also Read: Pakistan leg-spinner Yasir Shah suspended by ICC for failed dope test

Pakistan's Yasir Shah during the fourth ODI against England in Dubai last month. Pic/AFP
Pakistan's Yasir Shah during the fourth ODI against England in Dubai last month. Pic/AFP

"You wake up every day and face a new problem in Pakistan cricket. We now have to revise all our plans for the coming events," Rasheed told PTI.

Anti-doping violations
Shah was yesterday provisionally suspended for failing a dope test by the ICC. "Shah has been charged with an anti-doping rule violation on a sample he provided in an in-competition test," an ICC statement announced.

"The test, conducted on 13 November 2015, was found to contain the presence of chlortalidone, a Prohibited Substance which appears in Section 5 of the World Anti-Doping Agency list (in the category of Specified Substances)."

"In accordance with the ICC Anti-Doping Code, pending the outcome of the disciplinary process, Yasir has been provisionally suspended," said the ICC.

A source in the PCB confided to PTI that Yasir could face a ban between one to two years as the banned substance he had used was also technically seen as a masking agent.

"Yasir apparently took some medicines for a blood pressure problem but didn't inform the team doctor or the PCB medical panel, which was a grave mistake," the source said.

Yasir, 29, has been Pakistan's mainstay in Test matches since last year, scalping 76 wickets in 12 matches to lead the ICC bowler rankings. He also became the fastest Pakistani to complete 50 wickets in nine Tests. He has also picked up 18 ODI wickets.

Pak cricketers in dope mess

Shoaib & Asif
November 1, 2006: Fast bowlers Shoaib Akhtar and Mohd Asif were banned for two years and one year respectively after both were found guilty of using the banned anabolic steroid nandrolone. Both were absolved by a tribunal because the tests were conducted out of competition.

Shoaib Akhtar and Mohammed  Asif
Shoaib Akhtar and Mohammed Asif

Abdul Rehman
October 2, 2012: Left-arm spinner Abdul Rehman was banned for 12 weeks by the ECB under its anti-doping rules after testing positive for the recreational drug cannabis during his stint with Somerset county.

Kashif Siddiq
May 07, 2014: Kashif Siddiq was banned for two years for violating anti-doping rules.

Raza Hasan
May 25, 2015: Spinner Raza Hasan was banned for two years after failing a dope test in national competition.

What next for Yasir Shah?

Dubai: Under the rules Yasir Shah has seven days to demand a test on his 'B' sample, and if that test is not positive, then the entire dope test will be considered negative and the suspension will be lifted with immediate effect. Yasir can also request for a hearing before an anti-doping tribunal through a written application within 14 days. The ICC tribunal on anti-doping will determine the extent of his ban which could be from two to four years.

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