Ahmed Shehzad added to PSL draft pool


News Desk

The Pakistan Super League door has been left open for Ahmed Shehzad by the PCB as the board decided to include him in the player pool for the fourth edition of the tournament. Shehzad is serving a four-month ban for consuming THC – a synthetic Cannabinoids – and subsequently failing the dope test. However, the ban was back-dated and he’ll return to cricket on November 11 later this year.

The PCB had originally refrained from adding Shehzad to the pool but clarified Multan Sultans can still retain him in their squad. “Shehzad’s name has now been added to the PSL pool of players. He is placed in the Gold category. Ahmed played for Multan Sultans last year and is currently placed on their roster. Multan can retain, trade or release him back into the Draft pool,” the board said in a release on Thursday (October 11).

Shehzad took Dronabinol – a medicine for refractory nausea and vomiting given to patients undergoing cancer treatment – on the day of an in-competition doping test on May 3 due to which concentration of 11-nor-Delta9-Tetra Hydro Cannabinol-9-Carboxylic acid (THC), listed as a prohibited substance by both WADA and the PCB, was found in his urine sample. He was required to declare any medication or supplement that he had taken in the last seven days of the test. Shehzad, however, stressed that he did not mention the medicine as he had forgotten its name. He was also dropped from the squad for the T20I tri-series against Zimbabwe and Australia.

Last month, 89 players were announced in five different categories with 14 of them in platinum category. A total of nine players have been put in diamond while 34 players are in the silver category. Shehzad’s inclusion means there will be 21 players in the gold category while 12 young players have been clubbed in the emerging set. The tournament will start on February 19 with the possibility of staging as many as eight matches, including the final on March 17, in Pakistan.