Pakistan news January 10, 2016

Yasir appeals against doping suspension


Yasir Shah had reportedly taken his wife's blood pressure medication, unaware of the banned substance contained in the drug © Getty Images

Yasir Shah, the Pakistan legspinner, has decided to appeal against his suspension for testing positive for a banned substance. He has informed the ICC through the PCB that he will contest the case. The ICC will now form an independent tribunal within two weeks to hear the case.

"We, on behalf of Yasir, have exercised the right of appeal and informed the ICC that he will contest his case," a PCB spokesman told ESPNcricinfo. "It's the player's right and he is ready to put up his case before the ICC."

According to the details compiled by the PCB after an investigation by a medical panel, Yasir had reportedly taken his wife's blood pressure medication, unaware of the banned substance contained in the drug.

Yasir was provisionally suspended in December under the ICC anti-doping code for testing positive. A sample taken from Yasir on November 13, when Pakistan played an ODI against England in Abu Dhabi, was found to contain chlortalidone, which is on WADA's prohibited list of diuretics and masking agents. Chlortalidone also treats high blood pressure.

While he is provisionally suspended, Yasir cannot play - or be involved in any capacity in - international matches, and games organised by any national cricket board or its affiliated members.

Umar Farooq is ESPNcricinfo's Pakistan correspondent. @kalson

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  • Sanjeev on January 11, 2016, 22:33 GMT

    If he pleads guilty and doesn't fight one year ban (same as warne). If he doesn't pleads guilty then minimum of 4 years ban is must

  • Adeel Anjum Malik on January 11, 2016, 21:33 GMT

    Yasir is such a sensible player, hopefully he must have some strong points to defend it

  • Ali on January 11, 2016, 20:59 GMT

    A spinner banned for 1 or 2 years for taking a masking drug. How stupid that sound. If he was fast bowler or require so much stamina then i would say that maybe he taken performance drugs and now trying to hide it. And as already said by @khurramsch, most of these guys are uneducated on these matters. Well, i wish he was from big three. That is an easy ticket to get away with anything. Poor guy would get banned because of his stupid mistake. A great lose for cricket.

  • Nadefr5020842 on January 11, 2016, 19:03 GMT

    @ripper wouldn't you Indians just love that? Don't worry he'll be around and if we ever meet in a test he'll be sure you leave a mark.

  • Rehan on January 11, 2016, 16:52 GMT

    I am afraid Yasir will have to face the consequences here. As others said, he is an international cricketer and should know better than taking a medicine not prescribed to him. It is true that this is common in this part of the world to take relatives' medicines etc. However I believe cricketers are educated by the ICC and the boards on such matters and he has been around for a while now. So can't say he didn't know.

  • Rimtu on January 11, 2016, 16:50 GMT

    It's unfortunate, but Yasir has to be made an example of for rest of the kids playing in grownup. He should be banned for at least 1 year, even if he wasn't trying to mask anything and it was really him being stupid. An international sports person bound by WADA code must not take medicine not meant for him and not approved by designated team doctor. It is not an OTC drug either. TBH I find his defence to be very weak, and it's shameful that he's even trying to put this on his wife. AFAIK every international sports person signs an agreement which explains clearly how they have to abide by WADA code made specifically for them. If he didn't understand what he signed, then he needs to go back to school to understand why he shouldn't sign documents that he doesn't clearly understand or take medication not prescribed for him.

  • Idrees on January 11, 2016, 14:47 GMT

    He'll get a one year ban, same as Warne. A shame tbh, wanted him in WCT20. I'd understand if it's a bit sooner but we just gotta wait and see.

  • sana on January 11, 2016, 10:00 GMT

    one year suspension would be enough for his carelessness he didnt take any energy booster so benefit of doubt should give to him

  • Nick on January 11, 2016, 9:13 GMT

    You're a professional athlete who's supposed to keep his body in top shape and you take a medication that doesn't even have your name on it? Wow! Forget the doping ban, ICC should ban with for 2 years for stupidity.

  • Rue on January 11, 2016, 8:56 GMT

    SARFBD, why should Yasir get a slap on the wrist? 6 month ban? I am fairly confident in saying that WADA publishes its list of banned substances in every language that is spoken by countries that compete in international sport. YAsir has got no defence if he has tested positive. Shame but you can't just give slaps on the wrists if you want to have clean sportsmen and women.

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