Yasir Shah banned for 3 months by ICC

Krishna Chopra / 07 February 2016

The International Cricket Council (ICC) has suspended Pakistani leg-spinner Yasir Shah for a period of 3 months for failing a drug test. The test was randomly conducted in December last year and Shah had tested positive for a banned substance as per the ICC standards. Owing to the ban, he will be missing Pakistan’s campaign in the upcoming T20 Asia Cup and the all important ICC World T20 in India. The talented leg spinner also won’t feature in the ongoing inaugural Pakistan Super League (PSL) in UAE.

Shah’s ban will precisely end on 28th March 2016 and will be available after the mentioned date. With Pakistan’s next international fixture against England after the T20 World Cup, it seems that Shah will make a comeback to international cricket only during the team’s tour of England.

After testing positive for the banned substance, Shah had stated that he took his wife’s medicines for hypertension by mistake, and the medicine contained doses of the banned substance. The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) had requested the ICC to take Shah’s case on a priority basis and treat the talented leg spinner leniently.

Just before the drug test, Shah had been praised thoroughly by bowling legend Shane Warne. Warne also helped Shah to iron out his flaws on a one on one basis in UAE during Pakistan’s test series against England. Shah had set the world stage on fire with his displays in test matches. The leggie has 76 test wickets in just 12 games at an average of mere 24.17. 

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