Pakistani bowler Yasir Shah tests positive for banned substance

Days before the announcement of the ODI and T20 squads for the New Zealand tour, Pakistan cricket was rocked by another major scandal on Sunday. His test was conducted in October.

A source in the PCB confided to PTI that Yasir could face a ban between one to two years as the banned substance he had used was also technically seen as a masking agent.

If Shah's B sample provides a negative result then his provisional ban would be lifted immediately.

Since last one year, Yasir was the best weapon for Pakistan.

Shah has taken 49 Test wickets this year, including 24 in Pakistan's 2-1 series win in Sri Lanka and 15 in two of the three Tests against England, a series which Pakistan won 2-0.

"Obviously with Yasir out Pakistan's bowling resources will be depleted".

The legspinner helped Pakistan destroy Australia during their Test series in the UAE a year ago, and thrilled the world with brilliant performances in both the Test and one-day arena against England in 2015. Having played just 12 Tests, he already accounts as many as 76 wickets with a superb economy at 2.99.

He was also part of the team that beat England 2-0 and has played 12 Tests since making his worldwide debut in 2011. And he may face a lengthy ban from worldwide cricket with his B sample also testing positive a couple of days ago.

In 2006, pace duo Shoaib Akhtar and Mohammad Asif tested positive for banned substances and had to be pulled out of that year’s Champions Trophy in India. This is not the first time a Pakistan cricketer has faced charges for positive dope tests.

 

The 29-year-old Pakistani leg-spinner Yasir Shah, has confessed his "mistake" in the doping case today (Monday). "You wake up every day and faced with a new problem in Pakistan cricket".

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