Pak spinner Raza Hasan to face 2 year ban for using cocaine

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Karachi: Raza Hasan, the Pakistan left-arm spinner, is likely to face a suspension for two years from all forms of cricket after testing positive for cocaine, according to reports in sections of the media.

Hasan, 22, was tested by the Pakistan Cricket Board during the Pentangular Cup in Karachi and his samples were sent to a World Anti-Doping Agency-accredited laboratory in India. The spinner, who has played one one-day international and 10 Twenty20 Internationals for Pakistan, has been asked to explain himself to a two-member committee formed by the PCB through a legal counsel after his ‘A’ sample results tested positive for cocaine.

“The results of the ‘B’ sample are still awaited but on the basis of the ‘A’ sample results, the board has already established a two-member committee to charge the spinner and seek an explanation from him,” a source said. “The PCB is taking the matter very seriously because this is the first time any player has tested positive for the use of cocaine. If Raza fails to clear himself before the inquiry committee, he will face a two-year ban from all forms of cricket,” added he.

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