New Delhi: In a big setback to Pakistan cricket, their premier bowler Yasir Shah has been provisionally suspended by the the International Cricket Council (ICC) for breaching its anti-doping code.
According to a statement by the ICC, a prohibited substance named chlortalidone, which is on WADA's banned list, was found in the sample provided by Shah on November 13, when Pakistan played an ODI against England in Abu Dhabi.
“The sample Yasir provided in an in-competition test, which was conducted on 13 November 2015, was found to contain the presence of chlortalidone, a Prohibited Substance which appears in Section 5 of the WADA Prohibited List (in the category of Specified Substances),” the ICC statement said.
“In accordance with the ICC Anti-Doping Code, pending the outcome of the disciplinary process, Yasir has been provisionally suspended.
“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.”
Until the time his suspension is lifted, Shah cannot play or be involved in any capacity in international matches, and games organised by any national cricket board or its affiliated members.
Shah could challenge the suspension and apply for the test of his B sample within seven days.
Pakistan's next international assignment is a limited-overs tour of New Zealand in January.
The 29-year-old Shah has taken 76 wickets in 12 Test matches and 18 wickets in 15 one-day internationals.