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Pakistan's Shehzad faces ban on failed drug test

AFP  |  Lahore 

Maverick opener failed a drug test conducted during a domestic tournament in April, the country's authorities confirmed Tuesday, and could face a ban of up to four years.

The offence is the latest in a long litany of Pakistani players charged with doping, and is a severe blow to the 26-year-old's career.

The Board will issue a formal charge sheet "later today" it said in a release, confirming reports in recent days that Shehzad had tested positive for a banned substance.

Shehzad lost his Test place following Pakistan's tour to the 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 which ended Sunday.

Pakistan's cricketers have a history of failing tests for performance enhancing drugs.

Pace bowlers and 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 spinners, and Abdur Rehman, have also received temporary bans in recent years.

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First Published: Tue, July 10 2018. 16:50 IST