Bangladesh Pacer Gets 10-Month Suspension For Doping Violation

Bangladesh pacer Shohidul Islam has been suspended from all cricket-related activities for 10 months after pleading guilty to breaching Article 2.1 of the International Cricket Council (ICC) Anti-Doping Code, the world governing body said on Thursday.

Shohidul had provided a urine sample as part of the ICC’s out-of-competition testing program in Dhaka on March 4, 2022, which was found to contain Clomifene. Clomifene is classified as a Specified Substance under WADA’s Prohibited List and is prohibited both in-competition and out-of-competition.

While handing out the suspension, the ICC confirmed that Shohidul had inadvertently ingested the prohibited substance.

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“In making the decision, the ICC accepted that Shohidul had demonstrated no significant fault or negligence, having inadvertently ingested the prohibited substance which was contained in a medicine he had been legitimately prescribed for therapeutic reasons,” the ICC said in a statement.

“Shohidul was able to satisfy the ICC that he had no intention to enhance his sporting performance by using prohibited substances,” it added.

The 27-year-old fast bowler admitted the violation and accepted a 10-month suspension. The suspension is backdated to May 28, 2022, the date of his acceptance of a voluntary Provisional Suspension. He will, therefore, be eligible to return to cricket on March 28, 2023.

Shohidul has played a solitary T20I for Bangladesh in which he picked up the wicket of Mohammad Rizwan in the third and final match of the series which Pakistan won 3-0.

He has been part of Bangladesh’s traveling squads for the series against New Zealand and South Africa but did not get any game time. He was also a part of the Bangladesh Test and T20I squad for the ongoing tour of the West Indies but missed out due to a side strain.

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