Anti-Doping Rules: Pakistani cricketer banned for 3 months

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By Muhammad Luqman

Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), under its Anti-Doping Rules 2016, has suspended cricketer ,Imran Butt for three months , pursuant to his request for an ‘agreed sanction’.

Imran Butt was provisionally suspended after a prohibited substance was found in the sample, collected from him during an in-competition doping test during the Quaid-e-Azam Trophy 2017, held in the capital, Islamabad.

He was charged with two anti-doping violations of the PCB Rules. Imran accepts that he has committed the violations, but not intentionally and with no intent to cheat, according to spokesman of PCB.

Agreed sanction imposed on the cricketer says, “A period of ineligibility of three months shall be imposed. The period of provisional suspension will be credited against the total period of ineligibility, such that the period of ineligibility shall expire at midnight on February 6, 2018”.

PCB Chairman Najam Sethi emphasised that the “PCB has a zero tolerance policy towards doping in cricket and hopes that in future cricketers will exercise utmost care to ensure that no prohibited substance enters their bodies”.

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