Yusuf Pathan is not the first: Top cricketers who were suspended for doping

Published: 09th January 2018 03:17 PM  |   Last Updated: 10th January 2018 07:42 AM  

Indian all-rounder Yusuf Pathan on Tuesday was handed a five-month retrospective suspension for failing a dope test. Here are few other names from the international circuit who had to face similar action for doping charges.
Shane Warne: The legendary Aussie spinner was suspended right before Australia's 2003 World Cup opener against Pakistan as the drug test from a one-day series returned positive. He argued the banned diuretic would have entered his body via a wellness tab that his mom had given. Warne returned to the game in February 2004, having served his ban. (Photo | AFP)
Upul Tharanga: The post World Cup tests in 2011 identified two banned substances in the Sri Lankan opener's system, to which the left-hander responded that he had consumed some herbal medicines to fight a shoulder injury. Tharanga was banned for three months from the game, though the anti-doping cell was satisfied that his act was not on purpose to stimulate his performance. (Photo | AFP)
Ian Botham: An off the field incident led to the suspension of the Engish allrounder in 1986, who had already become a cult figure in English cricket. Botham admitted that he used cannabis following a miserable Carribean tour, and thus caused him two significant tours of India and New Zealand - both that the Three Lions lost. (Photo | AFP)
Stephen Fleming: Undoubtedly the most astonishing name in the list, New Zealand's most successful captain, and one of the finest men ever to play the game, Stephen Fleming was found guilty of smoking pot in 1993. The incident had got nothing to do with the sport as it was an incident of 'off the field merrymaking' by the Kiwi cricketers. However, Fleming, along with Dion Nash and Matthew Hart was fined and banned for three matches. (Photo | AFP)
Shoaib Akhtar: The Pakistan spearhead's argument that he was undergoing a herbal treatment failed to convince the PCB anti-doping agency, following his sample returning positive to banned anabolic steroid nandrolone. The Rawalpindi Express was banned from the game for two years following the incident that happened right before the 2006 ICC Champions Trophy in India. (Photo | AFP)
Mohammad Asif: The controversial Pakistan seamer had faced doping charges before the 2010 spot-fixing episode. In the 2006 incident, he joined Akhtar, following the Pakistan team physician's remark that Asif has had consumed banned substance. (Photo | AFP)
Mohammad Shahzad: The 'pocket-rocket' Afghani wicketkeeper batsman was suspended for 12 days by the ICC after his sample was proven to contain banned Clenbuterol substance. The ban was later increased to twelve months in December 2016, and Shahzad is set to return to the field later this month. (Photo | AFP)
Yasir Shah: The leggie, who had claimed two ten-wicket hauls for Pakistan, was banned for three months after his sample was found to contain chlortalidone. ICC banned Yasir for three months starting from 27 December 2015 to 27 March 2016. (Photo | AFP)
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