Sources add that Shahzad has the option to undergo a second dope test.
Pakistani global cricketer Ahmed Shehzad on Wednesday (June 20) has been tested positive for a banned steroid, the test of which was conducted ahead of the two-match T20I series against Scotland. The board didn't officially reveal the name as they await a chemical report from the anti-doping agency of the government.
In the past, some of the most popular Pakistan cricketers, the likes of leg-spinner Yasir Shah, former pacer Shoaib Akhtar, left-arm spinners Raza Hasan and Abdur Rehman along with fast bowler Mohammad Asif have been tested positive for similar tests and were handed over such bans.
Sources informed that Shehzad's test was taken during a recent domestic cricket tournament.
Earlier in the day, the media department of the Pakistan Cricket Board had put out a tweet stating the details, which was retweeted by the Board.
Depending on the nature of the prohibited substance, the player could face up to a two-year ban. Despite playing well on home turf, he failed to star with the willow in the series against Scotland as he scored just 38 runs in the two-match series. He played for Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and was the highest run-scorer with 372 runs at 74.40 including three half-centuries and a ton in the five-team tournament.
Leading Pakistani journalist Zainab Abbas tweeted, "Ahmad Shahzad has been tested positive for Marijuana - the test was conducted prior to the Scotland series during Pakistan Cup".