Yasir’s dope test could come un­der spot­light: Alam

Pakistan Observer - - SPORTS -

LA­HORE—The In­ter­na­tional Cricket Coun­cil is con­duct­ing dope test on Pak­istan leg-spin­ner Yasir Shah.

Shah was pro­vi­sion­ally banned last year af­ter he tested pos­i­tive for chlor­tal­i­done, a mask­ing agent un­der the World Anti-Dop­ing Agency (WADA) list of banned sub­stances.

He was barred for three months af­ter he pleaded guilty and told the ICC that he had in­ad­ver­tently taken his wife’s blood pres­sure med­i­ca­tion.

His ban was lifted in late March, mak­ing him el­i­gi­ble for the Eng­land tour.

Pak­istan’s Team Man­ager In­tikhab Alam said Shah’s test could come un­der the spot­light.

“Be­sides Shah, Test cap­tain Mis­bahul-Haq, one-day skip­per Azhar Ali and fast bowler Ju­naid Khan were also tested but Shah’s test could be tar­geted,” he told.

Shah is seen as Pak­istan’s main wicket-taker for the four-match Test se­ries in Eng­land, which starts at Lord’s from July 14. Pak­istan will also play five one­days and a Twenty20 in­ter­na­tional on the tour.

The team can ill af­ford any pos­i­tive re­sults, which could have a sig­nif­i­cant im­pact on their up­com­ing tour in Eng­land, dur­ing which the re­sults are ex­pected to be con­firmed.

The ICC, which has been a sig­na­tory of the WADA since 2006, rou­tinely con­ducts such tests in and out of com­pe­ti­tion.

Mean­while, The In­ter­na­tional Cricket Coun­cil (ICC) med­i­cal team has taken the urine sam­ples of both Pak­istan Test and ODI cap­tains Mis­bah-ul-Haq and Azhar Ali, along with that of medium fast bowler Ju­naid Khan for dope tests.

The sam­ples were col­lected dur­ing the on-go­ing train­ing camp of Pak­istan prob­a­bles at the Gaddafi Sta­dium here on Thurs­day.

Af­ter the train­ing camp is over, a fi­nal Pak­istan squad is to be an­nounced for the four-Test se­ries against Eng­land com­menc­ing in July.

While the re­ports of the sam­ples will come later, the tim­ing of the col­lec­tion of the sam­ples is cru­cial for the Pak­istan camp and any pos­i­tive re­sult of the dope tests, es­pe­cially of the two cap­tains, will be detri­men­tal for Pak­istan cricket’s im­age as well as for the na­tional team per­for­mance against Eng­land on the tour.

Mis­bah’s test re­sults will be of spe­cial in­ter­est since he has been get­ting a lot of ap­plause from all over the crick­et­ing cir­cles for keep­ing him­self su­per fit, even at the age of 42. If he clears the test he will def­i­nitely de­serve that ap­plause.

How­ever, if the re­sults prove oth­er­wise, his dis­tin­guished ca­reer will be as good as over.

On the other hand, it seems that opener Mo­ham­mad Hafeez has fi­nally made his mind to tour Eng­land with the na­tional team. On Thurs­day, he bat­ted in the camp for the first time and looked fit and quite sharp. Ear­lier, there were re­ports that Hafeez is some­what re­luc­tant to be part of the squad as he was nurs­ing a knee in­jury, de­spite the fact that his med­i­cal re­ports had been en­cour­ag­ing.—Agen­cies

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