India cricket all rounder Yusuf Pathan has been suspended by the Board of Control for India in Cricket (BCCI) on the grounds of failing a doping test.
The official statement released by the BCCI on Tuesday states that the urine sample of the 35-year-old, collected as part of the anti-doping testing program, was found to contain Terbutaline, a drug that has been listed in the WADA Prohibited List of Substances.
Responding to the charge, Pathan said in his defence that the prohibited substance may have entered his body by his ingestion of a medication that had been mistakenly given to him while undergoing treatment for a respiratory infection.
Satisfied with Pathan’s explanation that he did ‘inadvertently’ take the prohibited drug and not for ‘performance enhancement’, the BCCI suspended him for only five months.
Pathan played 57 ODIs and 22 T20Is for India, and was part of the Teams that won the ICC World Twenty20 in 2007 and the 50-over World Cup in 2011.