Hasan banned for two years

Published 05/25/2015, 3:32 PM EDT


Pakistan Cricket is going through tough times and to add to their problems, left arm spinner Raza Hasan has been banned from playing any form of cricket for two years after having tested positive for a prohibited substance.

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Pakistan Cricket Board conducted a dope test of the players during the Pentangular One-Day Cup 2015 in Karachi. The sample collected from Hasan was analysed by the World Anti-Doping Agency and the results led the PCB to ban the crafty spinner.

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“During the period of ineligibility, he will not be entitled to participate in any capacity, in any cricket match or activity (other than authorised anti-doping education or rehabilitation programmes) authorised or organised by the PCB,” a PCB release said.

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Hasan was notified about this on March 24th this year and had the opportunity to request a hearing within 14 days which he did not do.

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Hasan, who made his T20 debut in September 2012, had a great start to his T20 career. He participated in the World T20 later in September and took three wickets in 4 matches at an astonishing economy of just 4.93 and looked a certain prospect for ODI’s in the future. He ended up just playing a single ODI. With Saeed Ajmal not in his prime form, Pakistan would’ve been hoping to select Hasan, but this just aggravates Pakistan’s problems.

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