India’s test opener, Prithvi Shaw was accused of a doping violation. He has been handed backdated suspension by BCCI for the same. During the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy on February 22, 2019, Prithvi Shaw provided a urine sample as part of an anti-doping testing program, an official release from the board stated. He has been suspended until November 15, 2019, after BCCI backdated the player’s suspension to March 16.
The sample was found to have Terbutaline – a substance that is on the WADA Prohibited List of Substances. Following this finding, Shaw was charged with the commission of an Anti-Doping Rule Violation (ADRV) under the BCCI Anti-Doping Rules (ADR) Article 2.1 on July 16, 2019, and provisionally suspended.
"Prithvi Shaw registered with Mumbai Cricket Association, has been suspended for a doping violation. Shaw had inadvertently ingested a prohibited substance, which can be commonly found in cough syrups," the BCCI said in a statement.
The 19-years-old Mumbai batsman is considered as the next batting superstar for India. His performance till now has been up to the mark. In his debut test match against West Indies, he hit a brilliant century. The right-handed batsman is full of essentials that form a profound batsman.
After he got to know about his suspension, the youngster instantly admitted the charges. According to him, he didn’t take any prohibited substance. He said, “During the Syed Mushtaq Ali trophy, I took cough syrup, and its usage has given me this fate.”
“The BCCI is satisfied with Mr. Shaw’s explanation that he had taken Terbutaline inadvertently to treat a Respiratory Tract Infection and not as a performance-enhancing drug.”
According to BCCI guidelines, Shaw is allowed to return to train with the team or use club facilities from September 15, 2019 – for the last two months of his period of ineligibility.
Along with Shaw, Akshay Dullarwar of Vidarbha and Divya Gajraj of Rajasthan have also been suspended for violating Anti-Doping rule.
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