Deccan Chronicle – Dubai: The International Cricket Council (ICC) on Thursday announced Afghanistan wicketkeeper-batsman Mohammad Shahzad was suspended from all cricket-related activities for twelve months after pleading guilty to a anti-doping breach.

Summary

  • Dubai: The International Cricket Council (ICC) on Thursday announced Afghanistan wicketkeeper-batsman Mohammad Shahzad was suspended from all cricket-related activities for twelve months after pleading guilty to a anti-doping breach.
  • In making the decision, the ICC accepted that Shahzad had inadvertently ingested the prohibited substance, as a contaminant of a weight loss product he was taking, Hydroxycut.
  • Shahzad was able to satisfy the ICC through evidence and submissions prepared on his behalf that he had no intention to enhance his sporting performance through the use of prohibited substances or to mask the use of another performance enhancing substance and had, instead, inadvertently ingested the prohibited substance after taking Hyrdoxycut supplements which were contaminated with Clenbuterol.
  • However, Shahzad has accepted he had failed to satisfy the high levels of personal responsibility incumbent upon him as an international cricketer subject to anti-doping rules.
  • “Today’s announcement reinforces ICC’s zero-tolerance approach to doping, and reminds all international cricketers that they remain personally responsible for ensuring that anything they eat, drink or put into their bodies does not result in an anti-doping rule violation,” said ICC General Manager – Cricket, Geoff Allardice.


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