According to the reports, Pakistan leg-spinner Yashir Shah has been suspended from international cricket by the International Cricket Council (ICC) for a period of three months, on failing the dope test conducted on November 13.
With this suspension, Yasir Shah will not be allowed to take part in the ongoing Pakistan Super League, Asia Cup and the marquee T20 World Cup, because of the ban that will see him out of action till March 27, 2016.
Shah was tested positive for a banned drug chlortalidone – used to treat hypertension and listed on the World Anti-Doping Agency’s banned list of masking agents, during the One-Day international series against England in the United Arab Emirates on November 13, last year. Based on the preliminary reports, the ICC has provisionally suspended Yashir Shah on December 27.
According to the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), Yashir Shah consumed his wife’s medicine, without being aware of the banned substance’s presence in it. The board said that it will appeal against the three-months ban on Yashir Shah after receiving a detailed report from the International cricket council.
The loss of Shah’s services for the marquee tournament will be a big blow to the Pakistan cricket board, at a time when the team began to rely on him in the absence of Syed Ajmal. Shah has so far taken 76 wickets in 12 Tests and also became the fastest Pakistani to complete 50 wickets in just nine Tests. He had also played two T20 internationals and 15 One-Day internationals since his debut in 2011.