Pakistan legspinner Yasir Shah has been handed a three-month suspension by the ICC after he pleaded guilty to violating the ICC Anti-Doping Code. The bowler will be available to play again after March 27, once the retrospective penalty ends. The three-month penalty was backdated to December 27, when Yasir was provisionally suspended after testing positive for a banned substance, an ICC release said.
The ban rules Yasir out of the current Pakistan Super League, the upcoming Asia Cup and the World T20, and he could make his return for Pakistan only during the tour of England in June.
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 and is prohibited both in-competition and out-of-competition. Chlortalidone also treats high blood pressure.
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Umar Farooq is ESPNcricinfo’s Pakistan correspondent. @kalson
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