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Bangladesh’s Shohidul gets 10-month ban for failing dope test

Bangladesh's right-arm 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.

On March 4, 2022, the 27-year-old fast bowler provided a urine sample as part of the ICC's out-of-competition testing programme in Dhaka, which was found to contain Clomifene.

Clomifene is classified as a specified substance under World Anti-Doping Agency's prohibited list and is prohibited both in-competition and out-of-competition.

Shohidul admitted the violation and accepted a 10-month suspension. The ban is backdated to May 28, 2022, the date of his acceptance of a voluntary provisional suspension. He will be eligible to return to cricket on March 28, 2023.

The ICC accepted that Shohidul had demonstrated no significant fault or negligence, having inadvertently ingested the prohibited substance which was contained in the medicine he had been legitimately prescribed for therapeutic reasons.

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

However, the 27-year-old 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.

Shohidul played a T20I for Bangladesh. He has been doing well in the domestic arena for the last few years. He picked up 93 wickets in first-class cricket.

Source: United News of Bangladesh