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Ahmed Shehzad faces a potential four year ban for doping. © Getty Images

Ahmed Shehzad, the Pakistani opener, has been suspended and charged with a doping offence by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) on July 10 (Monday). 

He has tested positive for a banned substance in a random doping test conducted in April during the Pakistan Cup.

The PCB had tweeted in early June about a Pakistani cricketer failing a drug test, but did not reveal the name of the player until a chemical report was completed, as per the International Cricket Council’s (ICC) regulations.

The cricketer has until July 27 to respond to the charge sheet, while he has until July 18 to decide if he wants to give a B sample test or not. 

Shehzad last represented Pakistan in the two-match Twenty20 series against Scotland in June, scoring 14 and 24 in his two outings with the bat.