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Pakistan spinner Yasir Shah has been provisionally suspended under the International Cricket Council’s (ICC) anti-doping code after he tested positive for a banned substance.
Shah submitted a sample on November 13, when Pakistan played an ODI against England, and it tested positive for chlortalidone, which is on the WADA’s prohibited list of diuretics and masking agents.
Shah, who is tied in third on the ICC’s Test bowlers rankings, will not be allowed to participate in any international matches and games organised by any national cricket board or its affiliated members while he is provisionally suspended.
The 29-year-old can request for a B sample to be tested and should it not be positive, the entire test will be considered negative and his ban will be lifted immediately.
Shah also has the opportunity to request an anti-doping tribunal via a written application, but it must be submitted within 14 days. In the application, Shah will be required to state how he responds to the charge and provide an explanation as well.
Pakistan’s next assignment will be a limited overs tour of New Zealand next month.