Afghanistan's wicketkeeper-batsman Mohammad Shahzad has decided to appeal against his suspension for testing positive for a banned substance.
Shahzad was provisionally suspended for 12 days by the International Cricket Council after failing doping test on January 17. His sample was analysed at World Anti-Doping Agency accredited laboratory in Dubai, which found Clenbuterol, which is a prohibited substance, ICC said.
“In accordance with the ICC Anti-Doping Code … Shahzad will be provisionally suspended, with such suspension coming into effect on 26 April 2017, unless he exercises his right to challenge the imposition of the provisional suspension before such date,” the top world body of cricket said.
In reaction, Afghanistan Cricket Board in a statement said that a lawyer will be tasked to defend against the charge.
Big-hitter Shahzad has played 58 One-Day Internationals and 58 Twenty20 Internationals. He was named the Associate and Affiliate Cricketer of the Year by ICC in 2016.