Pakistan spinner Yasir suspended over doping charges

Dubai, Dec 27 (IANS) The International Cricket Council (ICC) on Sunday announced that Pakistan leg-spinner Yasir Shah has been provisionally suspended after being charged with violating rules under the sport’s anti-doping code.

According to the ICC, the sample Yasir provided in an in-competition test, which was conducted on November 13, was found to contain the presence of chlortalidone, a Prohibited Substance which appears in Section 5 of the World Anti Doping Agency’s (WADA) prohibited list (in the category of specified substances).

“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,” the ICC said in a statement.

Yasir made his Test debut for Pakistan against Australia in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) on October 22 last year.

He is the fastest Pakistani bowler to take 50 Test wickets. He achieved the landmark during a series away to Sri Lanka in June this year.

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