SA Batter Zubayr Hamza Handed 9-Month Ban By ICC For Doping Violation
SA Batter Zubayr Hamza Handed 9-Month Ban By ICC For Doping Violation

South African batter Zubayr Hamza was suspended for a period of nine months after he was caught violating an anti-doping rule under the ICC Anti-Doping Code, the council confirmed in a statement on Tuesday.

Hamza submitted a sample on January 17, 2022, in Paarl, South Africa, in which Furosemide, a prohibited substance in Section S5 of the 2022 WADA Prohibited List, was found.

Zubayr Hamza. Photo- Getty
Photo- Getty

He admitted the violation and, having established no significant fault or negligence on his part, a nine-month period of ineligibility has been imposed, backdated to 22 March 2022, the date that Hamza accepted a provisional suspension. The effect of this suspension is that Hamza will be eligible to return to cricket on 22 December 2022,” the ICC statement further read.

“It is also a timely reminder to all international cricketers” – ICC GM on Zubayr Hamza ban

ICC General Manager of the Integrity Unit, Alex Marshall, released a statement reiterating the apex council’s stand on anti-doping and said it is a reminder for the players to be wary of what they consume.

The ICC is committed to keeping cricket clean and has a zero-tolerance approach to doping. It is also a timely reminder to all international cricketers that they remain responsible for anything they put into their bodies.”

Zubayr Hamza of South Africa during Day 1 of the Castle Lager Test Series cricket match between South Africa and Pakistan at the Wanderers, Johannesburg on 11 January 2019 ©Gavin Barker/BackpagePix
Zubayr Hamza of South Africa during Day 1 of the Castle Lager Test Series cricket match between South Africa and Pakistan at the Wanderers, Johannesburg on 11 January 2019 ©Gavin Barker/BackpagePix

And to know exactly what medication they are taking so as to ensure it does not contain a prohibited substance and does not result in an anti-doping rule violation,” Marshall stated.

Notably, any and all of Hamza’s participation in cricketing activities between January 17 and March 22 have been nullified. The 26-year-old has played six Tests for SA and scored 212 runs at an average of 17.66. He is yet to break into the white-ball squads of the Proteas team.

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