Afghanistan's Shahzad suspended for doping violation

Contaminated weight-loss pill leads to Shahzad doping ban

Contaminated weight-loss pill leads to Shahzad doping ban

Mohammad Shahzad, the Afghanistan wicketkeeper-batsman, has been handed a 12-month suspension by the International Cricket Council on Thursday (December 7) for violating an anti-doping rule.

The suspension has been backdated to January and he will therefore be free to return to the sport in January 2018.

Shahzad failed an out-of-competition test in Dubai in January this year, his sample found to contain the prohibited clenbuterol.

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. Shahzad successfully made ICC believe through the given evidence.

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The ICC confirmed, however, that Shahzad still deserved a ban from the sport as he "failed to satisfy the high levels of personal responsibility incumbent upon him as an worldwide cricketer subject to anti-doping rules".

"Today's announcement. reminds all worldwide cricketers that they remain personally responsible for ensuring that anything they eat, drink or put into their bodies does not result in an anti-doping rule violation", ICC General Manager - Cricket, Geoff Allardice said.

"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".

Shahzad last played for Afghanistan in the ODI series against Ireland on March 24, 2017 at Greater Noida.

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