Ahmed Shehzad. Photo: AFP
Pakistan opener Ahmed Shehzad could be banned from cricket for up to four years after failing a drug test conducted during a domestic tournament in April, the country's cricket authorities confirmed on Tuesday.
The Pakistan Cricket Board will issue a formal charge sheet on Tuesday, confirming reports in recent days that the 26-year-old had tested positive for a banned substance.
Shehzad lost his Test place following Pakistan's tour to the West Indies in mid-2017 and has not played a one-day international since last October.
He was part of Pakistan's T20 squad for two international matches against Scotland last month, managing scores of 4 and 24, but missed out on playing in the tri-series Twenty20 in Zimbabwe which ended Sunday.
Pakistan pace bowlers Shoaib Akhtar and Mohammad Asif were both caught using banned substances in 2006 but later reprieved after a tribunal set aside their drug tests.
Later rule changes led to a two-year ban for left-arm spinner Raza Hasan, who failed a doping test in 2015.
Two other Pakistan spinners, Yasir Shah and Abdur Rehman, have also received temporary bans in recent years.