The International Cricket Council (ICC) have banned Pakistan legspinner spinner Yasir Shah for three months after he tested positive for a prohibited substance in December last year.
The 29-year-old Yasir tested positive for chlortalidone, a substance that is on the list of WADA’s prohibited list but which is commonly used to treat high-blood pressure.
The player is now ineligible for the ongoing Pakistan Super League, the Asia Cup and the World T20 that starts in India in early March.
The ICC said in a statement: “While making the decision, the ICC accepted that Mr Shah had inadvertently ingested the ‘Specified Substance’ for therapeutic reasons, specifically to treat his blood pressure.
“He was able to satisfy the ICC through evidence and submissions prepared on his behalf by the Pakistan Cricket Board that he had no intention to enhance his sporting performance or to mask the use of another performance enhancing substance and had, instead, mistakenly taken his wife’s blood pressure medication that was identical in appearance to his own but which contained the prohibited substance chlortalidone.
“However, Mr Shah has accepted that he had failed to satisfy the high levels of personal responsibility incumbent upon him as an international cricketer subject to anti-doping rules.”
Yasir could make his comeback to international cricket on Pakistan’s tour to England in June.