Yasir’s dope test could come under spotlight: Alam
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