Pakistan batsman Ahmed Shehzad has tested positive for a banned substance and will be charged later on Tuesday, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has said.
The PCB announced in June that a player had failed a doping test but refused to reveal the name of the team member or the charges they faced until a chemical report was completed, as per the International Cricket Council’s (ICC) regulations.
“Independent Review Board Report on doping case has been received by PCB. Cricketer Ahmed Shehzad has tested positive for a banned substance. PCB will issue charge sheet today,” the governing body said on its verified Twitter account.
Shehzad, 26, has struggled to nail down a place in the Pakistan squad in recent years but played in the two-match Twenty20 series at Scotland in June, where he scored a combined 38 runs as the visitors recorded commanding victories.
Shehzad lost his Test place following Pakistan s tour to the West Indies in mid-2017 and has not played a one day international since last October.
He was part of Pakistan s Twenty20 squad for the team s two international matches last month, managing scores of 14 and 24, but missed out on playing for the tri-series Twenty20 in Zimbabwe which ended Sunday.
Pakistan s cricketers have a history of failing tests for performance enhancing drugs.
Pace bowlers Shoaib Akhtar and Mohammad Asif were both caught using banned substances in 2006 but later reprieved after a tribunal set aside their drug tests.
Later rule changes led to a two-year ban for left-arm spinner Raza Hasan, who failed a doping test in 2015.
Two other Pakistan spinners, Yasir Shah and Abdur Rehman, have also received temporary bans in recent years.