This is really a big blow for the Pakistan cricket and millions of the supporters of the game. In terms of a news currently running on Mid day, a young Pakistani left-arm spinner Raza Hasan is likely to face a possible two-year ban from all forms of cricket after testing positive for cocaine in a dope test carried out at the WADA accredited laboratory in India.
According to the story, a reliable source in the Pakistan Cricket Board has told PTI that the test of the first urine sample of Hassan, taken during the Pentangular Cup in Karachi in January, had tested positive for cocaine.
“The results of the second sample are still awaited but on basis of the first sample results, the board has already established a two-member committee to chargesheet the spinner and seek an explanation from him,” the source have stated to have said.
It has been further clarified that Reza Hassan, just 22 years of age, has played one ODI and 10 Twenty20 Internationals and has been advised to hire a lawyer to submit his answer to the committee that includes a qualified sports medicine doctor and former Test player, Colonel Naushad Ali.
According to the news item, the source has also elaborated, “The PCB is taking the matter very seriously because this is the first time any player has tested positive for the use of cocaine. If Hassan can’t clear himself before the inquiry committee, he faces a two-year ban from all cricket”.
It is worthwhile to highlight that in the past also some Pakistani cricketers were tested and found positive for banned substances, including fast bowlers Shoaib Akhtar and Muhammad Asif who had to be dropped for the 2007 World Cup because of their problem.