South Africa batter Zubayr Hamza has tested positive for a prohibited diuretic, Furosemide, in an ICC anti-doping test. Johannesburg – South African cricketer Zubayr Hamza has voluntarily been suspended after being tested for illegal drugs, Cricket South Africa announced on Wednesday.
Hamza, 26, has played six Test matches and one international day. According to a CSA statement, Hamza was tested for the drug Furosemide following an International Cricket Council anti-doping test on January 17. Furosemide is an abortion drug, prescribed to treat high blood pressure and reduce inflammation caused by fluid retention. It is on the World Anti-Doping Agency’s official list because of concerns over possible drug use.
The 26-year-old batsman is not opposed to the test and according to a Cricket SA statement on Wednesday, he is fully cooperating with the International Cricket Council. Hamza has been tested for Furosemide, an abortion drug used to treat edema – fluid buildup – and high blood pressure. Medicine does not improve performance.
Hamza played for the Proteas in the first Test against New Zealand in Christchurch last month. He was supposed to play in the second but was injured in the hand. He was re-elected from the one-day team in the current series with Bangladesh, but withdrew early in the first leg last Friday, for which the CSA cited “personal reasons.”
Hamza’s suspension began immediately when written submissions were made to the ICC. He was able to figure out how this thing got into his system.
“The process will include providing evidence that there has been no error or negligence, or no significant error or negligence on the part of Zubayr. The CSA, the SA Cricketers Association and the Western Province Cricket Association support Zubayr in this process, and will continue to do so until the matter is finalized,” the CSA said in a statement.