The International Cricket Council (ICC) announced on Tuesday the suspension of South African batsman Zubayr Hamza from all cricket-related activities for nine months after he confessed to violating the anti-doping rules of the ICC Anti-Doping Code.
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Hamza provided an out-of-competition sample on January 17 in Paarl, South Africa, in which the banned substance Furosemide, which is a substance specified in Section S5 of the 2022 WADA Prohibited List, was found. He admitted to violation and , failing to establish significant fault or negligence on his part, was given a nine-month period of ineligibility, retroactive to March 22, the date Hamza accepted a provisional suspension.
The effect of this suspension is that Hamza will be eligible to return to cricket on December 22. Additionally, all of Hamza’s individual performances between January 17 and March 22 have been disqualified.
He has only played one test match in that period, scoring 25 and 6 against New Zealand. Alex Marshall, ICC General Manager – Integrity Unit in a statement said: “The ICC is committed to keeping cricket clean and has a zero tolerance approach to doping.
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It is also a timely reminder to all international cricketers that they remain responsible for everything they put into their bodies, to know exactly what medication they are taking to ensure it does not contain a banned substance and does not result in anti-doping action. . rule violation.” The 26-year-old, who made his international debut in January 2019, has played six Tests and one ODI so far.
(With input from Reuters)