Yasir Shah has been a key member of Pakistan in the recent times © Getty Images
Yasir Shah has been a key member of Pakistan in the recent times © Getty Images

Yasir Shah has been provisionally suspended by International Cricket Council (ICC) for breaching their Anti-Doping code. The cricket body broke the news which came in as a blow for Pakistan on Sunday. Accoridng to a media release from ICC, “The sample Yasir provided in an in-competition test, which was conducted on November 13, was found to contain the presence of chlortalidone, a Prohibited Substance which appears in Section 5 of the WADA Prohibited List [in the category of Specified Substances]. In accordance with the ICC Anti-Doping Code, pending the outcome of the disciplinary process, Yasir has been provisionally suspended.” READ: Yasir Shah elected member of Dispute Resolution Council in Swabi

The matter will now be dealt with in accordance with the process set down in the Code, and until the time as the process is being resolved, the ICC has made it clear about not making any further comment on the matter. Yasir surely is one of the key members of Pakistan across formats. Making a debut at the age of 28, he already rules Test cricket with his leg-spin. Having played just 12 Tests, he already accounts as many as 76 wickets with a superb economy at 2.99. On the otehr hand, Yasir has not made an huge impact in the ODIs where he has bagged only 18 scalps in 15 matches, meanwhile no wickets in 2 T20I appearances for Pakistan.

The leg-spinner has filled in Saeed Ajmal’s shoes in the side as the latter’s action was reported and subsequently lost his wicket-taking ability with a remodelled action. Yasir took 12 wickets in Pakistan’s 2-0 win against Australia last year before playing a key role in this year’s 2-1 Test series win in Sri Lanka with 24 wickets.

A day before he was tested (November 12) Shah had fallen down while bowling in the nets in his follow through and had to miss the first Test against England in Abu Dhabi with a back problem. He returned for the second and third Tests, taking 15 wickets to help Pakistan beat England 2-0. Yasir has so far taken 76 wickets in 12 Tests and became the fastest to complete 50 wickets in nine Tests — a record for Pakistan. He has also played 15 one-day internationals and two Twenty20s after making his debut in 2011.

The latest doping issue came after Sri Lankan wicketkeeper batsman Kusal Prera tested positive for a banned substance earlier this month. Prera faces a lengthy ban from international cricket with his B sample understood to have also tested positive. Perera had to be withdrawn from Sri Lanka’s tour to New Zealand after the news came. His test was conducted in October. Pakistan has a history of doping related offences as in 2006 pace duo of Shoaib Akhtar and Mohammad Asif tested positive for banned substances and had to be pulled out of that year’s Champions Trophy in India. But both were cleared on the basis that tests were conducted internally and not by the ICC.

(With inputs from AFP)