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Monday, 25 May 2015

Spinner Raza Hasan banned for two years for doping


Raza Hasan, the Pakistan left-arm spinner, has been suspended from playing any form of cricket for two years, having tested positive for a prohibited substance. The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) had conducted dope tests during the Pentangular One-Day Cup 2015 in Karachi. The sample collected from Hasan was subsequently analysed at a World Anti-Doping Agency accredited laboratory. The results were relayed to the PCB, who banned Hasan on the basis of their anti-doping rules. “During the period of ineligibility, he will not be entitled to participate in any capacity, in any cricket match or activity (other than authorised anti-doping education or rehabilitation programmes) authorised or organised by the PCB," a PCB spokesman said Monday.

The PCB had notified Hasan of their findings on March 24, and he did have the opportunity to request a hearing within 14 days, but did not do so. The 22-year old Hasan has played 10 Twenty20 matches for Pakistan, having made his debut in September 2012. He went on to participate in the World T20 later in the month, where he took three wickets in four matches at an economy of 4.93. His ODI experience is limited to only one match, and he last played international cricket in December 2014 against New Zealand.

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