Bangladesh fast bowler Qazi Onik has been handed a suspension of two years from the game for failing a dope test which was conducted during the National Cricket League in November 2018.
In an official statement, the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) revealed that the 21-year-old left-arm quick has been banned after testing positive for Methamphetamine during an NCL clash in Cox’s Bazar.
Onik has admitted to the affence and accepted the ban imposed on him for breaching anti-doping rules involving usage of a prohibited substance.
It is to be noted that the substance–which was included as a stimulate–is prohibited under section S6a of the 2018 International Cricket Council (ICC) Prohibited list as well as under the BCB Anti-Doping code 2.1.
Onik’s two-year suspension began from February 8, 2019–the day of official notification of the Bangladesh pacer’s adverse analytical finding.
This means, Onik will once again be eligible to return to the game February 7, 2021 onwards.
Qazi Onik Cricket Carrier:
He made his Twenty20 debut for Rajshahi Kings on 29 November 2017 in the 2017–18 Bangladesh Premier League.
In December 2017, he was named in Bangladesh’s squad for the 2018 Under-19 Cricket World Cup. He was the leading wicket-taker for Bangladesh in the tournament, with 10 wickets.
In February 2018, took his first five-wicket haul in List A cricket, bowling for Mohammedan Sporting Club against Legends of Rupganj in the 2017–18 Dhaka Premier Division Cricket League. He finished the 2017–18 Dhaka Premier Division Cricket League as the leading wicket-taker for Mohammedan Sporting Club, with 28 dismissals in 11 matches.
He made his first-class debut for Dhaka Metropolis in the 2018–19 National Cricket League on 1 October 2018. Later the same month, he was named in the squad for the Dhaka Dynamites team, following the draft for the 2018–19 Bangladesh Premier League.
In December 2018, he was named in Bangladesh’s team for the 2018 ACC Emerging Teams Asia Cup. In November 2019, he failed a dope test during the 2019–20 National Cricket League. As a result, he was removed from the player’s draft for the 2019–20 Bangladesh Premier League.
Onik has appeared in just nine matches for the national side in the shortest format of the game and bagged 11 wickets in it.
Besides this, the Bangladesh quick has also grabbed 15 wickets in four first-class matches and 41 wickets in 26 List A games he has played so far.