Afghanistan wicketkeeper Shahzad given one-year ban after failing drugs test

ICC suspend Mohammad Shahzad for 1 year

ICC suspend Mohammad Shahzad for 1 year

Afghanistan star Mohammad Shahzad has been suspended until January 17 by the ICC after being found to have "inadvertently ingested" a banned substance. The sample was tested and found that it contain clenbuterol, which is classified as a non-Specified Substance under WADA's Prohibited List and is prohibited both in-competition and out-of-competition.

Shahzad pleaded guilty to the violation and the ICC accepted he had "inadvertently ingested the substance as a contaminant of a weight loss product he was taking, Hydroxycut", the governing body said in a statement on its website.

The wicketkeeper-batsman was handed a 12-month ban from all cricket-related activities, but the suspension was backdated to the date of his original test.

As a result, Shahzad will only be ineligible for the final two one-day internationals with Ireland in Sharjah and will be clear to return in mid-January ahead of their series with Zimbabwe.

As per the press release from ICC, Shahzad had provided a urine sample as part of ICC's out of competition testing programme in Dubai, UAE on January 17, 2017. Shahzad successfully made ICC believe through the given evidence. "Before thinking about taking a supplement, cricketers should weigh up the risks and dangers of doing so and should fully research the supplement in question so they can make an informed decision" continued Mr Allardice.

Shahzad has made a combined 116 appearances for Afghanistan across the Twenty20 and one-day global formats. He has played 58 matches each in ODIs and T20Is for Afghanistan.

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