Afghanistan cricket fans have received a welcome notification from ICC that the wicket-keeper batsman, Mohammad Shahzad, will be returning back to International cricket in Jan 2018 after serving a 12-months suspension for doping violation.

An official statement on the ICC Website, www.icc-cricket.com read:

“Mohammad Shahzad had provided a urine sample as part of the ICC’s out-of-competition testing programme in Dubai, UAE, on 17 January 2017.

His sample was subsequently tested and found to contain clenbuterol. Clenbuterol is classified as a non-Specified Substance under WADA’s Prohibited List and is prohibited both in-competition and out-of-competition.

Mr Shahzad admitted the violation and a twelve-month suspension has been imposed, backdated to 17 January 2017, the date of his sample collection.  Mr Shahzad will, therefore, be eligible to return to cricket on 17 January 2018.”

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