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A prominent Pakistan player has tested positive for a banned substance, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) confirmed on Twitter.
However, the board refused to name the player or what he tested positive for until the “chemical report is confirmed by the Anti-Dope Agency of the government”.
A player has reportedly tested positive for a prohibited substance. But under ICC rules PCB cannot name the player or chargesheet him until the chemical report is CONFIRMED by the Anti-Dope Agency of the government. We should have an answer in a day or two.
— PCB Media (@TheRealPCBMedia) June 20, 2018
The PCB are waiting for the results of the player’s blood test, but confirmed that it will be available in a day or so.
Media reports suggest that opening batsman Ahmed Shehzad was the player who failed the drug test as he tested positive for marijuana.
“He has tested positive in the initial test but the process has to be completed before we can make any official statements,” the Times of India quoted a reliable PCB source as saying.
The source added: “The board has a zero tolerance policy on this issue but at the same time it is fair to give a proper chance to the player to defend himself.”
Depending on the severity of the substance, the player who failed the test could be banned for up to two years.