New Delhi: Former Pakistani fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar has said that unless the Pakistan Cricket Board educated and groomed players they would face the same fate as Yasir Shah, who has been provisionally suspended by the ICC after testing positive for a banned substance.
"Yasir has not studied from Oxford so how does the board expect him to remember names of every medicine in the ICC list. This is the total responsibility of the team management and PCB medical panel to keep a close watch on players and their health issues," Akhtar said.
He said if Yasir was banned for a long period it would be a big setback for Pakistan cricket as he had emerged as one of their top wicket-takers in the last one year.
Yasir Shah (L) who has been suspended by the ICC. (AFP Photo)
Akhtar's remarks came after PCB Chief Shaharyar Khan made it clear that every player was given literature about anti-doping policies of the ICC and it included names of all banned substances and medicines.
"Players are told regularly in briefings that they must consult the team doctor or board's medical panel before using any medicine for any ailment even if it is off-season," he said.
In the past also Shoaib himself has tested positive for a banned substance while others like Mohammad Asif, spinner Abdur Rehman, batsman Kashif and spinner Reza Hasan have all been banned for failing dope tests.
The ICC on Sunday placed a provisional ban on Test leg-spinner Yasir Shah for failing a dope test in November. In his defence, Yasir has said that he had by mistake taken a medicine for blood pressure which belonged to his wife in Dubai.
Yasir has taken 49 Test wickets this year, including 24 in Pakistan's 2-1 series win in Sri Lanka and 15 in two of the three Tests against England, a series which Pakistan won 2-0.