Pakistan opener has tested positive for a banned substance
Pakistan opener Ahmed Shehzad has been accused of consuming marijuana, after it was earlier revealed that the 26-year-old had failed a randomly conducted dope Test.
According to Daily Express, Shehzad’s sample was taken during a domestic match which tested positive for a banned substance.
Although the PCB is yet to officially confirm the name of the player involved but newspaper’s sources are convinced that Shehzad is the culprit in this regard.
If proven guilty, Shehzad could face a ban of atleast three months–which is the minimum possible punishment for first time doping offenders.
Although Mickey Arthur had earlier indicated that the out of form opening batsman might be given further chance to prove his worth but this latest development might see Shehzad on the sidelines for an indefinite period, keeping in mind that Arthur is particularly strict on disciplinary matters.
For the upcoming tour of Zimbabwe, it is possible that Shan Masood–who has played 12 Test matches for Pakistan—will be selected to replace Shehzad in the side.