Yasir banned for three months


Pakistan leg-spinner Yasir Shah will miss the World Twenty20 after receiving a three-month ban for failing a doping test.

Yasir was provisionally suspended by the ICC in December, having tested positive for chlortalidone, a prohibited substance, during Pakistan's one-day international series with England the previous month.

However, the 29-year-old has avoided a lengthy ban, with the ICC satisfied that Yasir's positive test came as a result of the bowler mistakenly taking his wife's blood-pressure medication.

A statement from world cricket's governing body on Sunday read: "The ICC accepted that Mr Shah had inadvertently ingested the 'specified substance' for therapeutic reasons, specifically to treat his blood pressure.

"He was able to satisfy the ICC through evidence and submissions prepared on his behalf by the Pakistan Cricket Board that he had no intention to enhance his sporting performance or to mask the use of another performance-enhancing substance and had, instead, mistakenly taken his wife's blood-pressure medication that was identical in appearance to his own but which contained the prohibited substance chlortalidone.

"However, Mr Shah has accepted that he had failed to satisfy the high levels of personal responsibility incumbent upon him as an international cricketer subject to anti-doping rules."

Yasir's ban is backdated to December 27, 2015 - the date he was provisionally suspended - meaning he will be eligible to represent Pakistan again from March 27.

He will, however, be unavailable for the upcoming Asia Cup and the World T20, which begins in India next month.

Yasir said: "I assure all fans and followers of the Pakistan cricket team that I have never taken a performance-enhancing substance nor have I ever had the intent of masking any such substance. I have always been careful to check my medication with doctors and medical support staff to ensure it does not contain any substance on the prohibited list.

"However, I acknowledge that I should have taken extra precautions to ensure that my blood-pressure medication was stored separately from my wife's medication so that there was no possibility of my wife's medication being mistaken for my own. Therefore, I accept the consequences imposed upon me.

"My experience should act as a timely reminder to all cricketers that they are solely responsible for what goes into their bodies. All professional cricketers need to exercise a high degree of caution and ensure that under any circumstance they do not take anything [including medication] that could lead to a violation."