Pakistan Spinner Yasir Shah suspended over positive dope test

ICC has charged Leg Spinner with an anti-doping rule violation after the Pakistan’s ace Yasir Shah tested positive for a prohibited substance.

“The Leg Spinner Yasir Shah has been charged with an anti-doping rule violation under the ICC Anti-Doping Code,” the ICC announced in a statement on Sunday.

“The sample Yasir provided in an in-competition test, which was conducted on 13 November 2015, was found to contain the presence of chlortalidone,” said cricket’s governing body.

Chlortalidone is a diuretic drug which features in the World Anti-Doping Agency´s (WADA) list of prohibited substances.

Shah’s sample was taken in Abu Dhabi which hosted the second match of Pakistan’s one-day series against England.

“In accordance with the ICC Anti-Doping Code, pending the outcome of the disciplinary process, Yasir has been provisionally suspended,” said the ICC in the statement.

The matter will now be dealt with in accordance with the process set down in the Code, and until such time as the process is resolved, the ICC will make no further comment on this matter, the statement added.

A wily leg-spinner who has bagged 76 wickets in 12 tests, Shah has also played 15 one-dayers.

The 29-year-old was the second player from the subcontinent to be provisionally suspended for a doping violation recently.

Sri Lanka wicketkeeper-batsman Kusal Perera faces a four-year ban after his ´B´ sample tested positive for a banned substance.