Shohidul Islam Banned for 10 Months After Failing a Dope Test

Shohidul Islam
Shohidul Islam

Bangladesh fast bowler Shohidul Islam has been handed a 10 months ban for failing a dope test in March.

Shohidul Islam Banned for 10 Months

He has been part of Bangladesh’s travelling squads for series against New Zealand and South Africa but did not get any game time. He was also a part of the Bangladesh Test and T20I squads for the ongoing tour of the West Indies but missed out due to a side strain.

As per ICC, Shohidul submitted a urine sample in an out-of-competition testing program on March 4.

The sample was found to contain Clomifene, which is a specified substance under World Anti-Doping Agency’s (WADA) prohibited list. He had inadvertently consumed the substance through a medicine prescribed by his doctor for therapeutic reasons earlier this year.

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The ICC, which handed out the suspension, clarified that Shohidul had “inadvertently ingested the prohibited substance in the form of a medicine that he had been legitimately prescribed for therapeutic purposes.” In his testimony to the ICC, the pace bowler also said he did not intend to use the substance for enhancement of performance.

“He took medicine for personal reasons but did not communicate with us properly and later it was found that he was guilty of breaching the ICC anti-doping code of conduct. He did not do it intentionally and that is the reason he was given only 10 months suspension, otherwise, the duration could have been more,” said Nizamuddin.

Shohidul, since making his List A debut in 2014, has snared 20 wickets at 33.90. In T20Is, the right-arm pacer Shohidul has bagged 69 wickets across 46 outings. He averages an impressive 18.30 and has four four-wicket hauls to his name.

Shohidul has affected 93 scalps in 35 FC appearances at 28.90. He has three five-wicket hauls with the best figures of 7/48.