The International Cricket Council (ICC) has on Sunday issued a statement suspending Pakistan’s leg-spinner Yasir Shah for failing the dope test conducted on 13 November 2015.
“Yasir Shah will be suspended from international cricket with immediate effect as a sample tested on 13 November 2015, violates the anti-doping rule”, the ICC said in a statement.
“The tests revealed that sample taken from Yasir Shah contained the presence of a prohibited drug chlortalidone, which appears in the section 5 of the World Anti-doping Agency list. Following the outcome, pending the disciplinary process, Yasir Shah has been provisionally suspended”, the statement added.
The suspension of the 29-year-old Yasir Shah comes as a big blow to the Pakistan Cricket Board, as it considered Shah as the wicket-taking option in the absence of Saeed Ajmal.
Ajmal had lost his wicket-taking ability due to his remodeled action, after being reported for suspected illegal bowling action. However, Pakistan was successful in making Yasir Shah fill the shoes of his senior leg-spinner Ajmal. Yasir played a match winning role in Pakistan’s 2-0 test series win against Australia, followed by a 2-1 test series win against Srilanka with 24 wickets.
Shah has so far scalped 76 wickets in 12 tests and has the record for the fastest 50-wicket haul (9 Tests)- a record for Pakistan. He had also played 15 ODIs and two T20s after his debut in 2011. Given his success rate, Pakistan will definitely miss the service of Yasir Shah.
Yasir Shah was the second player to get suspended for failing a dope test followed by Kusal Perera in the recent time. The Srilankan Wicketkeeper was tested positive for a prohibited drug in the month of October, 2015.