Mohammad Shahzad had been in a very good form before this news broke-out    AFP
Mohammad Shahzad had been in a very good form before this news broke-out AFP

In what has come as a shocking news, Afghanistan s wicketkeeper-batsman Mohammad Shahzad has been charged with violation of an anti-doping rule, as per the ICC Anti-Doping Code. A test was conducted on Shahzad s sample on January 17 this year at the ICC Academy in Dubai. The sample was further analysed at a laboratory in Salt Lake City, which is accredited by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA). According to a release by ICC, Shahzad s sample has found presence of Clenbuterol, a prohibited substance which appears in section 1.2 of the WADA prohibited list.

According to the ICC Anti-Doping Code, Shahzad will be suspended on a provisional basis, with final decision pending on the consequence of the disciplinary process. If at all the Afghanistan cricketer is found guilty, his suspension will come into effect on April 26, 2017. But Shahzad has the right to challenge the provisional suspension before that date.

This particular matter will now be dealt with accordance with the rules set down by the ICC Anti-Doping Code and ICC will be making no further comment on this issue, the release added. The ICC release added, Within five days from the date of the notice of the charge, Shahzad has the right to request that his B sample is analysed. Within 12 days from the date of the notice of the charge, Shahzad can challenge the imposition of the provisional suspension at a provisional hearing, in which case the provisional suspension will not be imposed until the challenge is determined.

If Shahzad decides not to exercise his right to challenge the imposition of the provisional suspension within the 12-day deadline, his provisional suspension will immediately commence on 26 April 2017. Shahzad has to respond to the charge within 14 days. If he fails to do so, he will be deemed to have waived his entitlement to a hearing and admitted to having committed the anti-doping rule violation, the release informed.