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Doping Violation

Pacer Shohidul gets 10-month suspension

  • Sports Correspondent
  • 15 July, 2022 12:00 AM
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The International Cricket Council (ICC) on Thursday handed Bangladesh pacer Shohidul Islam a 10-month suspension from all cricket-related activities after he was found guilty of breaching the ICC Anti-Doping Code.

Shohidul, who represented the Tigers in a T20I earlier on March 4, provided a urine sample as part of the ICC’s out-of-competition testing programme in Dhaka, which was found to contain Clomifene.

Clomifene is classified as a Specified Substance under WADA’s Prohibited List and is prohibited both in competition and out of competition.

 The 27-year-old pacer admitted to the violation and accepted the suspension imposed by the ICC on him.

The suspension is backdated to May 28, 2022 and he will be eligible to return to cricket on March 28 next year.

 “In making the decision, the ICC accepted that Shohidul had demonstrated no significant fault or negligence, having inadvertently ingested the prohibited substance which was contained in a medicine he had been legitimately prescribed for therapeutic reasons,” the ICC wrote in a press release.

“Shohidul was able to satisfy the ICC that he had no intention to enhance his sporting performance by using prohibited substances,” it added.

The pacer was part of the Bangladesh squads for the away series against New Zealand and South Africa this year but he did not play any match.

He was also included in Bangladesh Test and T20I squads for the tour of West Indies but a side strain sidelined him.

Meanwhile, Chief Executive Officer of Bangladesh Cricket Board Nizamuddin Chowdhury told the Daily Sun that the pacer had taken medicine for personal reasons but later it was found that it was on the prohibited list. “He took medicine for personal reasons and didn’t communicate with us properly. Later, it was found that he was guilty of breaching the ICC Anti-Doping Code,” he said.

He did not do it intentionally and this is the reason he was given only a 10-month suspension, Nizamuddin said.