Indian cricket prodigy Prithivi Shaw has been suspended for eight months in charges of doping violation, he will be allowed to make his return to the game after November 15.
As per the statement issued by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), the 19 year old, who scored a century on his Test debut against the West Indies in October 2018, “inadvertently ingested a prohibited substance, which can be commonly found in cough syrups”.
Prithivi Shaw was tested positive for the Trebutaline after providing a urine sample when Mumbai faced Punjab in the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy on 22nd February.
“Terbutaline, a specified substance, is prohibited both In & Out of Competition in the WADA Prohibited List of Substances,” the release said as quoted by ESPNcricinfo.
Prithivi Shaw was charged on 16th July under the BCCI Anit Doping Rules (ADR) and although he accepted to it, he clarified by saying that it was “inadvertent, being caused by his ingestion of the over the counter cough syrup he had taken for his cough”.
The BCCI was convinced by Shaw’s justification that he had been tested positive for “Terbutaline inadvertently to treat a Respiratory Tract Infection and not as a performance-enhancing drug”.
After soliciting expert advice, the BCCI came to a conclusion that a period of ineligibility of eight months should be applied, along with disqualification of certain results.
“Because Mr. Shaw promptly admitted his ADRV upon being confronted with it by the BCCI, there is discretion under BCCI ADR Article 10.10.2 to back-date the start of the period of Ineligibility to the date of sample collection (22nd February 2019). However, the BCCI ADR Article 10.10.2 also requires Mr. Shaw to actually serve one half of the period of ineligibility. Therefore, further to BCCI ADR Article 10.10.2, the eight-month period of Ineligibility will be deemed to have started to run on 16th March 2019, so that it will end at midnight on 15th November 2019,” the release said.
Shaw will be allowed to practice with his state team and use the training facilities at any club under the BCCI after September 15th.
“Under BCCI ADR Article 10.11.2 a Cricketer may return to train with a team or to use the facilities of a club or other member organisation of a Signatory’s member organisation during the shorter of: (i) the last two months of the Cricketer’s period of Ineligibility; or (ii) the last one-quarter of the period of Ineligibility imposed,” the release said.