Pakistan leg-spinner Yasir Shah has been banned for three months after testing positive for a banned substance.
Yasir was provisionally suspended in December under the ICC’s anti-doping code.
A sample taken from Yasir on November 13, when Pakistan played an ODI against England in Abu Dhabi, was found to contain chlortalidone, which is on WADA’s prohibited list of diuretics and masking agents.
The 29-year-old will be available to play again on March 27. The ban rules Yasir Shah out of the ongoing Pakistan Super League, taking place in UAE, the upcoming Asia Cup, next month and the World T20. He will be available for selection and could make his return for Pakistan only during the tour of England in June.
The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) appealed against Shah’s ban on January 10 after the leg-spinner was said to have taken his wife’s blood pressure medication without knowing that it contained the banned substance.
The 29-year-old has 76 Test scalps in 12 Tests for his country and holds the record for being the fastest Pakistani bowler to reach the 50-wicket mark.