ICC has banned Pakistan leg-spinner Yasir Shah from cricket related activities for 3 months as he failed a dope test conducted in December, 2015. The sample was collected last year after the a One Day International match between Pakistan and England in Abu Dhabi. The sample is said to contain Chlortalidone, which is on WADA’s prohibition list.
Yasir Shah has been the spearhead of Pakistan’s spin bowling due to Saeed Ajmal’s waning form. the leggie has picked up 76 wickets from 12 tests and 18 wickets from 15 ODIs. ICC remarked that the substance was ingested by Shah by mistake as a treatment for blood pressure and he did not intend to enhance his performance. Hence the ban is not severe and Yasir Shah can return to cricket 27th March, 2016.
Yasir Shah claimed to have mistakenly used his wife’s blood pressure medication as it looked similar to his own. ICC said in a statement,”He was able to satisfy the ICC through evidence and submissions prepared on his behalf by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) that he had no intention to enhance his sporting performance or to mask the use of another performance enhancing substance.”