South Africa batter Zubayr Hamza has been suspended for nine months by the International Cricket Council (ICC) for a doping violation under the ICC Anti-Doping Code.
The ban was backdated to 22 March 2022, the date Hamza accepted a provisional suspension. He will thus be eligible to return to cricket on 22 December 2022.
Hamza provided an out-of-competition sample on 17 January 2022 in Paarl, South Africa, in which the prohibited substance Furosemide – which is a specified substance in Section S5 of the 2022 WADA Prohibited List – was found.
As a result, all of Hamza’s individual stats between 17 January and 22 March 2022 have been disqualified. He has only played one Test match in that period, scoring 25 and 6 against New Zealand.
Speaking on the suspension, Alex Marshall, ICC General Manager – Integrity Unit said: “The ICC is committed to keeping cricket clean and has a zero-tolerance approach to doping.
"It is also a timely reminder to all international cricketers that they remain responsible for anything they put into their bodies, to know exactly what medication they are taking so as to ensure it does not contain a prohibited substance and does not result in an anti-doping rule violation."
The 26-year-old, who made his international debut in January 2019, has played six Tests and one ODI so far.
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