Doping Controversy: Pakistan Cricketer Raza Hasan Banned For 2 Years

| May 26 , 2015 , 13:57 IST
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Pakistan Cricket Board on Monday banned spin bowler Raza Hasan for two years after failing a doping test.

Raza Hasan, has played one one-day international and 10 Twenty20 matches for the Pakistan national side.

"Hasan has been banned for two years on a failed dope test, making him ineligible to participate in cricket," a PCB statement said.

The 22-year-old left-armer returned an “adverse analytical finding” from a urine sample taken during a domestic tournament in January, the Pakistan Cricket Board said in a statement.

The PCB said "Hasan will not entitled to take part in any capacity, in any cricket match or activity... authorised or organised by the PCB," except for approved anti-doping education or rehabilitation programmes. Therefore in accordance with the Anti-Doping Rules and with the approval of the competent authority, Mr. Raza Hassan (Hasan) is being imposed with a ban that will make him ineligible to participate in the sport of cricket for a period of two years,” the PCB said The Pakistan Cricket Board 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.

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Raza Hasan is not even a domestic star, let alone an international one. Also, he was not taking performance enhancing drugs but recreational drugs, which personally I feel should not warrant a ban.

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