Pakistan opener Ahmed Shehzad failed to clear the dope test and has been dropped from the Pakistan side for upcoming Scotland tour. Shehzad was set to replace an injured Babar Azam for the tour after a reasonably good performance in the domestic circuit playing for Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. The 26-year-old was the highest run-getter of the tournament with 372 runs at a staggering average of 74.40 including 3 half-centuries and a century.
Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Chairman Najam Sethi broke the news on his Twitter account,
A player has reportedly tested positive for a prohibited substance. But under ICC rules PCB cannot name the player or chargesheet him until the chemical report is CONFIRMED by the Anti-Dope Agency of the government. We should have an answer in a day or two.
— PCB Media (@TheRealPCBMedia) June 20, 2018
Whereas Pakistani journalist Zainab Abbas tweeted that Shehzad has been allegedly tested positive for Marijuana –
Ahmad Shahzad has been tested positive for Marijuana – the test was conducted prior to the Scotland series during Pakistan Cup.
— zainab abbas (@ZAbbasOfficial) June 20, 2018
It was just a matter of time before Shehzad faced the wrath of Twitterati. However, many saw the funny side of it as well.
— Saad Farooq Gujjar (@SaadFarooqGujar) June 21, 2018
— Electric Current (@aby_yaarr) June 21, 2018
Erm, call up Ahmed Shehzad?
— Devarchit (@Devarchit) June 21, 2018
#AhmedShehzad, the man who can not be dropped, is gonna be handed a ban for drug abuse.
Itni khushi, itni khushi, bs kya btaon
— Akash Zameer (@Dr_AkashZ) June 21, 2018
— S. (@ecstasy_404) June 21, 2018
26 yr old man smokes the dried leaf of a plant that isn’t performance enhancing and is totally legal in many parts of the world.
More to come….. pic.twitter.com/tqDgxRSlFe
— Shahzadennis Does Drugs (@DennisCricket_) June 20, 2018
And even drug couldn’t make Ahmed Shehzad perform?
Is he so legendary ya thag lia kisine? https://t.co/OX6zB8XzjT
— | #ZaBeer (@itzme_roopal) June 21, 2018
— Hamza Junaid (@hamza_junaid1) June 21, 2018
funny that ahmed shehzad got busted just a day before #SelfieDay
— tarbooza kharbooz (@nakaamrade) June 21, 2018
— Deepesh Kanabar (@deepeshmdk1906) June 21, 2018
Kaha tha na Nawaz Sharif ek nasha hai aur ahmed shehzad ney wo nasha karlea pic.twitter.com/99UoyopC49
— Don Pablo Escobar (@TheGodfather700) June 20, 2018
Ahmed shehzad cricket career right now: pic.twitter.com/LAwX1GY36P
— Waleed Nasir (@waleednasir00) June 20, 2018
Recent pic of Ahmed Shehzad pic.twitter.com/VkZSrwO9nM
— Shahid (@cricket_worm) June 20, 2018
Naqli Kohli fails dope test #ahmedshehzad
— krishnaisfaith (@atrivandi) June 20, 2018
After being tested positive for marijuana .
Ahmed Shehzad ladies and gentlemen pic.twitter.com/vnt9Ofvq8P
— Salman Abuzar (@salmanabuzar24) June 20, 2018
The 26-year-old might face a ban of 3 months if the reports are confirmed by the Anti-Dope Agency of the government.
In 2016, Shehzad and wicketkeeper-batsman Umar Akmal were under the scanner when former Pakistan coach Waqar Younis urged to drop them from the squad. Younis felt that they need to spend time in the domestic circuit and then earn their place in the squad.