Doping violation rocks Afghanistan

Apr 14, 2017

Shahzad tests positive for a banned substance

Afghanistan powerhouse Wicketkeeper Batsman Mohammad Shahzad has been charged by the ICC for violating the anti-doping code. It is believed that Shahzad provided a sample in an out of competition test conducted in Dubai on January 17 at the ICC Academy. The sample was analysed at a WADA accredited laboratory in Salt Lake City and was found to contain the prohibited substance Clenbuterol.

As per the ICC's anti-doping regulations, Shahzad has been suspended for 12 days after the notice of charged was issued which is due to begin on April 26. He has the right to request that his B sample is tested within 5 days from the notice and challenge the suspension within 12 days. If Shahzad chooses to challenge, a hearing will take place and the suspension will not be sanctioned until the outcome of the hearing. 

Shahzad has 14 days to respond to the charge regardless, If he does not respond, it is considered to be an admission of guilty.

This news of Shahzad's doping violation will rock the Afghanistan Cricket as they push claims to earn the ICC Intercontinental Title and a potential spot as a Test Playing Nation in 2018. Shahzad has been nearly unstoppable in recent months as he surpassed Virat Kohli into 4th spot on the all-time leading Run Scoring List in T20 Internationals. Shahzad was named the Associate and Affiliate Cricketer of the Year in December 2016 during the period of September 2015 to September 2016. 

What is Clenbuterol?

Clenbuterol, which is sometimes used in the treatment of horses and to increase production of lean meat in cattle, can increase aerobic capacity, oxygen transportation and the rate of body fat being metabolised, which is turning body fat into muscle.

In the athletic world, the drug came to prominence when German sprint queen Katrin Krabbe received a three-year suspension for clenbuterol use in 1992, ending her career, while US baseball pitcher Guillermo Mota has twice been suspended for taking it, first for 50 games in 2006 and then for 100 games in 2012.

Clenbuterol has also brought down some other world athletes such as Australian Rules Footballers from Collingwood Magpies Josh Thomas and Lachlan Keefe and also the Former two-time Tour-De-France winner Alberto Contador.