DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) Afghanistan wicketkeeper-batsman Mohammad Shahzad was suspended for 12 months on Thursday for using a weight loss product which contained a banned substance.
Shahzad can return to playing on Jan. 17. The ban was backdated to Jan. 17 this year, when his urine sample was collected in an out-of-competition test in Dubai.
The test was positive for the non-specified substance clenbuterol.
The International Cricket Council said it accepted Shahzad ”inadvertently ingested the prohibited substance, as a contaminant of a weight loss product he was taking, Hydroxycut.”
The ICC added it was satisfied Shahzad wasn’t trying to enhance performance.
Shahzad has 1,901 runs in 58 one-day internationals, and 1,779 runs in 58 Twenty20s for Afghanistan.