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Afghan who helped beat Irish fails drugs test Ireland


By Ian Callender

Afghanistan batsman Mohammad Shahzad has been charged with an anti-doping violation after testing positive during the Desert Twenty20 tournament in January.

The test took place on January 17, three days after he played against Ireland in the opening match of the tournament - when he scored 29 from 27 balls - and three days before the final, when he hit an unbeaten 52 (out of 75) from 40 balls as Afghanistan beat the Irish by 10 wickets.

Shahzad also played a leading role in the recent nine-match series against William Porterfield's side in India, which the Afghans won 7-2. The diminutive big-hitting opening batsman scored 339 runs in his 10 innings.

The sample contained the presence of Clenbuterol, a prohibited substance, and pending the outcome of the disciplinary process, Shahzad is provisionally suspended from April 26. The player has five days to request that his B sample is analysed and if he fails to challenge or respond to the charge within 14 days, he will be deemed to have waived his right to a hearing and admitted the offence.

Meanwhile, Shane Getkate has been appointed captain of the Ireland Wolves squad for their six-match tour of Bristol and Bath next week.

The Civil Service North all-rounder leads a squad of 14 which will play 50-over games against Bristol University and Gloucestershire II on Thursday and Friday and then Twenty20 games at the weekend against the same teams plus Bath CC.

James Shannon, captain of the Ireland A team, is also in the squad along with his Instonians team-mate Robert McKinley, while Waringstown pair Adam Dennison and James McCollum plus Bready's David Rankin are the other Ulster players selected.

Shannon, Rankin, Tyrone Kane, Josh Little and Lorcan Tucker are the full internationals involved.

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