Habib Bank Limited (HBL) will appoint a brand new captain for this yr’s Quaid-e-Azam Trophy after the staff stripped Ahmed Shehzad of the position. Shehzad captained HBL final yr within the QeA, however presently stands provisionally suspended from all worldwide and home cricket organised by any nationwide cricket board or its affiliate members after returning a optimistic consequence on a dope test. He’s not half of HBL’s present 25-man squad for the QeA, which means the removing from the captaincy was one thing of an inevitability. Within the absence of Ahmed Shehzad final yr, HBL have been captained by former Pakistan quick bowler Umar Gul.
Shehzad underwent a random check through the 50-over Pakistan Cup in April, however it was solely in June that information studies advised he had did not clear it. The PCB tweeted affirmation of the failed check, however mentioned that in response to ICC guidelines, it couldn’t title the participant till the consequence was backed up by Pakistan’s anti-doping company; the unique discovering was from a WADA-accredited laboratory in India.
Shehzad had the fitting to use for his B pattern to be examined individually (taken concurrently his A pattern), however opted not to take action, as an alternative accepting the cost in response to the PCB’s show-cause discover to the participant. The PCB will kind a panel to listen to Shehzad’s clarification, earlier than figuring out what sanctions to use. A date for the listening to is but to be determined.
Relying on the character of the prohibited substance, the participant may resist a two-year ban. The final Pakistan worldwide to endure that destiny was Raza Hasan, who examined optimistic for cocaine in 2015, and was banned till 2017. In the previous couple of years, Pakistan spinners Yasir Shah and Abdur Rehman have been additionally banned for minor doping offences, every serving three-month bans.