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The BCCI has handed Prithvi Shaw an eight-month ban for an ‘inadvertent’ doping offence. @ AFP

Prithvi Shaw, once primed for a bright future as an India opener, is now at the receiving end of many critics, specially in the wake of the doping ban imposed on him by the BCCI last month. The BCCI has handed him an eight-month ban for an ‘inadvertent’ doping offence.

The board, in its report release, stated that the Mumbai batsman had provided a urine sample as part of the BCCI’s anti-doping testing program during the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy match on February 22 this year in Indore. His sample was subsequently tested and found to contain Terbutaline, a banned substance by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA).

According to a report in the Times of India, Shaw has been left devastated by the recent turn of developments and has been hit by mental depression. In a bid to stay away from the ‘noise’, the youngster has jetted off to England on his own personal expense.

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Shaw will serve an eight-month ban backdated to 16th March 2019 that will end of November 15th. “Mr. Shaw promptly admitted his ADRV upon being confronted with it by the BCCI, there is discretion under BCCI ADR Article 10.10.2 to back-date the start of the period of Ineligibility to the date of sample collection (22nd February 2019). However, the BCCI ADR Article 10.10.2 also requires Mr. Shaw to actually serve one half of the period of ineligibility. Therefore, further to BCCI ADR Article 10.10.2, the eight-month period of Ineligibility will be deemed to have started to run on 16th March 2019, so that it will end at midnight on 15th November 2019,” the BCCI release added.

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Alongside Shaw, two more cricketers – Vidarbha’s Akshay Dullarwar and Rajasthan’s Divya Gajraj – have also been suspended for inadvertently ingesting prohibited substances.