Ahmed Shehzad issued show cause notice by PCB for violating terms
Ahmed Shehzad. (Getty Image)

Pakistan opener Ahmed Shehzad, who had failed a drug test conducted during a domestic tournament in April and was subsequently banned for four months by the Pakistan Cricket Board has been issued a show cause notice by the board. Shehzad, 26, has apparently violated the terms of the ‘Agreed Sanction Agreement’ that he entered with the PCB during the proceedings of a doping case against him.

The ban prevented Shehzad from playing any form of cricket till November 11, but the batsman revealed in a post via Twitter and Facebook that he has played seven matches for Muslim Gymkhana Club in the Quaid-e-Azam Trophy. As per the notice, the PCB has asked Shehzad “to explain why proceedings should not be initiated against him” for the violation and has given him to submit his response by October 25.

Shehzad was banned after a prohibited substance by the name of 11-nor-Delta9-Tetra Hydro Cannabinol-9-Carboxylic acid (THC) was found in his urine sample in May. Once the ban was imposed, Shahzad and the board decided to reach an agreement under article 8.4 ‘Agreed Sanctions Agreement’ of the PCB’s anti-doping code.

Once touted as the next big thing in Pakistan cricket, Shehzad was compared to Virat Kohli in the initial stages of his career. But his decline in the last two years has been alrming. Shehzad had lost his Test place following Pakistan’s tour to the West Indies in mid-2017. He has not played an ODI since October. He was part of Pakistan’s T20I squad for two matches against Scotland in June, managing scores of 14 and 24, but missed out on playing for the Tri-Series T20 in Zimbabwe later on.