Prithvi Shaw’s career is taking a bizarre and disappointing turn with every passing day. Tipped by many to be India’s next big thing in cricket, Shaw’s career has not panned out well in the last few months. Things have only become worse in the wake of the doping ban imposed on him by the BCCI last month. The BCCI has handed him an eight-month ban for an ‘inadvertent’ doping offence.

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The board stated that Shaw had inadvertently ingested a prohibited substance which can be commonly found in cough syrups. The Mumbai star had provided a urine sample as part of the BCCI’s anti-doping testing program during the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy match on 22nd February 2019 in Indore. His sample was subsequently tested and found to contain Terbutaline. Terbutaline, a specified substance, is prohibited both In & Out of Competition in the WADA Prohibited List of Substances.

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Prithvi Shaw
Prithvi Shaw (Credits – Getty)

And if current reports are to be believed then the teenager is left devastated with the recent turn of events.  According to a TOI report, the young opener is suffering from depression and “has left for England on personal expense to get away from it all for now”. While accepting the suspension, the opener had written in a lengthy Twitter post that he will come out faster and stronger.

According to rules, Shaw can return to train with the team or use BCCI facilities only after midnight on 15th September 2019. The ban means Shaw will also miss the home series against South Africa and Bangladesh. India’s next Test series will be in New Zealand in February 2020. Shaw has not played since his debut Test series against West Indies last year.

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He had a debut to remember. The highly-rated youngster scored a ton on his Test debut and finished the two-match series with 237 run.