The Bangladeshi pace bowler Shohidul Islam has been banned from all forms of cricket for ten months. He had admitted guilt to violating Article 2.1 of the ICC’s Anti-Doping rule. The suspension had been backdated to May 28. Hence, the 27-year-old will be able to resume playing on March 28, 2023.
Shohidul has played for Bangladesh in just one T20I. Shohidul supplied his urine sample as part of the ICC’s out-of-competition testing protocol. Clomifene, which is on the WADA’s list of restricted substances and is categorised as a Specified Substance, was detected.
The ICC, which handed out the suspension, clarified that Shohidul had “inadvertently ingested the prohibited substance in the form of a medicine that he had been legitimately prescribed for therapeutic purposes.” The pace bowler stated to the ICC that he had no intention of using the chemical to improve his performance.
Shohidul Islam was a member of the Bangladesh team that travelled to South Africa and New Zealand for the away series. But he did not participate in any of the games. He was also selected for the Bangladesh Test and T20I squads for the West Indies tour. But a side strain kept him out of action.
BCB Chief Executive Nizamuddin Chowdhury informed on Thursday (July 14) that the pacer had taken pharmaceuticals for personal reasons. Later it was discovered that it contained an illegal chemical that resulted in the violation of the ICC anti-doping conduct.
“He took medicine for personal reasons but did not communicate with us properly and later it was found that he was guilty of breaching the ICC anti-doping code of conduct. He did not do it intentionally and that is the reason he was given only 10 months suspension, otherwise, the duration could have been more,” said Nizamuddin.
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