BCCI suspends Prithvi Shaw and two others for inadvertently ingesting prohibited substance
Indian cricket opener Prithvi Shaw has been given a back-dated eight months suspension by the BCCI after he ‘inadvertently ingested a prohibited substance commonly found in cough syrups’. His suspension is retrospective in nature starting from 16 March to 15 November, 2019. Along with Shaw, two other domestic players – Akshay Dullarwar of Vidarbha and Divya Gajraj of Rajasthan were also found to have tested positive for the BCCI’s anti-doping code and the two have been banned for eight months and six months respectively.
The 19-Year-old cricketer tested positive for terbutaline during the Syed Mushtaq Ali T20 tournaments this February. He released a statement on Tuesday accepting the punishment and hoping his example would deter other athletes from neglecting protocol while it comes to taking medicines, said a release.
He is the second high-profile Indian cricketer after Yusuf Pathan to face the ban after failing the anti-doping test. Pathan was banned for five months in January 2018.