Cricket’s world governing body (ICC) is conducting dope tests on four Pakistani players, including leg-spinner Yasir Shah, suspended for three months earlier this year, team manager Intikhab Alam confirmed it. Pakistan Test captain Misbah-ul-Haq was also tested by the International Cricket Council.
The team can ill afford any positive results, which could have a significant impact on their upcoming tour in England, during which the results are expected to be confirmed. The ICC, which has been a signatory of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) since 2006, routinely conducts such tests in and out of competition.
Shah was provisionally suspended in December last year after he tested positive for chlorthalidone, a masking agent under the WADA list of banned substances. He was barred for three months after he pleaded guilty and told the ICC that he had inadvertently taken his wife’s blood pressure medication. His ban was lifted in late March, making him eligible for the England tour.
Alam said Shah’s test could come under the spotlight. “Besides Shah, Test captain Misbah-ul-Haq, one-day skipper Azhar Ali and fast bowler Junaid Khan were also tested but Shah’s test could be targeted,” he told.