Afghanistan news April 13, 2017

Shahzad charged for doping violation

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Mohammad Shahzad has to respond to the ICC's charge within 14 days © Peter Della Penna

Afghanistan wicketkeeper-batsman Mohammad Shahzad has been charged by the ICC for violating the anti-doping code. Shahzad was tested on January 17 at the ICC Academy in Dubai, in an out-of-competition test, and the sample was analysed at a WADA-accredited laboratory in Salt Lake City. It was found to contain a prohibited substance, Clenbuterol, according to the ICC.

As per the ICC's anti-doping regulations, Shahzad will be provisionally suspended 12 days after issuing the notice of charges being laid - that is, from April 26. He has the right to request that his B sample be tested within five days from the notice, and to challenge the suspension within 12 days. If he challenges the suspension, a hearing will take place and the suspension will not be imposed till the outcome of the hearing is known.

Shahzad also has to respond to the charge withing 14 days. If he does not respond, it will be considered to be an admission of guilt.

The big-hitting Shahzad, who has played 58 ODIs and 58 T20Is, was last seen in action during Afghanistan's series against Ireland in Greater Noida, India. In December 2016, he was named the Associate and Affiliate Cricketer of the Year by the ICC, for the period running September 2015 to 2016.

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  •   Pacha Khan on April 17, 2017, 12:53 GMT

    Shahzad is not drugy and he's neither a doctor, the only reason behind this can the doctor who prescribed him the medication and im sure the doctor was not aware of the ICC regulation too however The medication Shahzad took it helps with losing weight as we know shahzad was dropped from 2016wc because of his weight and recently he was given warning to lose his weight to be part of the team, in which he lost 5kg in a month. his weight was always an issue for ACB, it shows players that he's not taking the responsibility of his weight. HIS weight for sure cost him IPL and other big franchises too. I hope he recovers from this and the youngest that are coming to the team should learn that their is no forgiveness if you take prohibited drugs, SHahzad can be a good example for the coming youngsters.

  • nerney1414745 on April 15, 2017, 13:22 GMT

    @WARDAKAFG. What are you talking about? This has nothing to do with Afghanistan and what they have achieved as a team over the last few years. Nobody is hating on your country, simply calling for Shahzad to be punished accordingly for taking illegal substances. The fact you're defending that speaks volumes. All activities that tarnish the game have to be stamped out and heavily punished. What kind of example is it for young kids watching the game? IF he is found guilty he has no business being on the tour of the WI in June. His place should be given to someone who has respect for the game.

  • K_Kumar on April 15, 2017, 12:42 GMT

    @cricuser, sarcasm at its

  • David on April 15, 2017, 11:25 GMT

    Shahzad was obviously ill advised, I don't believe he did this on his own. Was he trying to lose weight? In the modern game, to be taken seriously, you must look the part. Most international teams look at you as a liability on the field if you are overweight. He is no doubt a highly talented player but may be overlooked by T20 teams because of his weight, that's the reality!

  • viswanath on April 15, 2017, 10:19 GMT

    If someone commits a mistake then must serve punishement. It is the duty of Afghanistan cricket board to create awarness , on what drug must be used and what drugs must not be used. Mistake is on Shehzad. So he must serve his punishment and comeback.

  • Khapal6367137 on April 15, 2017, 8:54 GMT

    I think Afghanistan is in a big trouble. AFG should now face too much competitors including ICC.

  • carl on April 15, 2017, 6:07 GMT

    i heard once he was busy eating his glove when the batsman edged behind, ball landed in his bellybutton, had no chance of spilling to the ground, safest catch you'll ever see

  • Khalid on April 15, 2017, 3:58 GMT

    It is so disappointed reading some of the messages below that clearly shows hatred towards Afghanistan improvements. It clearly shows that some nations can't see Afghanistan cricket in its heights. Hope Shazad comes of out this trouble and be part of WI tour this coming June.

  • Paul on April 14, 2017, 20:18 GMT

    He would have been one of the greats for sure

  • hemant5961337 on April 14, 2017, 18:14 GMT

    that drug can be taken if it is in the doctor's prescription

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