There is a long history of drug abuse in cricket and many cricketers, such as Shane Warne, Ian Botham and others, have been suspended for using drugs to enhance their skills.
Here are five Pakistani cricketers who were suspended by the ICC for using drugs.
- Shoaib Akhtar
The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) banned the “Rawalpindi Express” for two-years in 2006 after he was tested positive for nandrolone. He was acquitted by a tribunal formed to review his appeal.
- Mohammad Asif
The right arm pace bowler was found guilty of doping alongside Akhtar in 2006. His ban was also lifted by the same tribunal that lifted Akhtar’s suspension.
- Abdur Rehman
The left arm spinner was suspended by the English and Pakistani cricket boards over use of cannabis.
- Raza Hasan
He was banned by the ICC in 2015 from playing any form of cricket for two years after testing positive for a banned substance.
- Yasir Shah
The leg-spinner was suspended by the sports’ governing body after failing a dope test in 2016.