Rehman stated that he was extremely ashamed for what he had done
Pakistan left-arm spinner Abdur Rehman has been slapped with a 12 week ban under the rules of the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) anti-doping policy after testing positive for cannabis on October 2.
Rehman signed to play with county side Somerset after he was surprisingly left out of the Pakistan squad for the International Cricket Council (ICC) World Twenty20.
With his ban taking effective immediately, Rehman had to pull out of representing the Sialkot Stallions at the Champions League Twenty20 in South Africa, and he will remained banned until midnight on December 21.
Rehman tested positive for cannabis in the sample he provided on August 8 in a match between Somerset and Nottinghamshire.
“I apologise to my family, the PCB, the ECB, Somerset County Cricket Club, my team-mates and my fans, it was an error of judgement on my part that will cost me dearly and I would like it to be a lesson to all others in sports elsewhere. I will do my best to stay fit and focussed during my suspension, and, god-willing, will be available for selection for the India series should the PCB see it fit,” Rehman said.
Somerset chief executive Guy Lavender stated that the county club completely agreed with the verdict handed down by the ECB.
“The club does not condone the use of illegal drugs in any circumstances and all Somerset players are made fully aware of this policy on a regular basis,” Lavender said.
Rehman represented Somerset in four matches and took 27 wickets, with nine of them coming against Worcestershire alone.
Rehman has also been a lethal weapon for Pakistan, especially during the series against England in the United Arab Emirates, where the left-arm spinner took 19 wickets in three matches.
Overall, Rehman has claimed 81 wickets in 17 Test matches at an average of 28.40.