Pakistan leg spinner Yasir Shah to appeal against his suspension on eve of NZ tour

Pakistan's Yasir Shah tested positive for the diuretic chlortalidone.

Pakistan's Yasir Shah tested positive for the diuretic chlortalidone.

Pakistan leg spinner Yasir Shah will appeal against his suspension for testing positive for a banned substance, which will see him miss his side's tour of New Zealand, beginning this week.

The Pakistan Cricket Board told the ICC on Sunday and the game's governing body will now form a tribunal to hear Shah's appeal.

Shah was suspended last month after his 'A' sample contained a banned substance - chlortalidone - which is on the World Anti-Doping Agency prohibited list.

Chlortalidone is a diuretic drug which features in the World Anti-Doping Agency's list of prohibited substances.

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Local reports say Shah took his wife's blood pressure medication without knowing that it contained the banned substance.

During his suspension, Shah cannot participate in any international match or games organised by the PCB or its affiliated members.

Pakistan's tour of New Zealand begins on January 15, with the first of three Twenty20 matches at Eden Park, and also includes three one-day matches.

The 29-year-old is the second player from the subcontinent to be provisionally suspended for a doping violation recently. Sri Lanka wicketkeeper-batsman Kusal Perera faces a four-year ban after his 'B' sample tested positive for a banned substance.

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Shah's sample was taken in Abu Dhabi which hosted the second match of Pakistan's series against England.

He can now demand a test of his 'B' sample, and if that is also positive, faces a ban of up to four years.

A wily leg-spinner who has bagged 76 wickets in 12 tests, Shah has also played 15 one-dayers.

 - AP

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