Ahmed Shehzad. - A file photo

PESHAWAR: The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has beaned opening batsman Ahmed Shehzad for four months for breaching the board’s anti-doping rules.

The PCB announced in a statement on Friday that the ban will count from 10 July. The statement said Ahmed Shehzad admitted that he has committed the offense, but denied to have done that to enhance his performance or cheat.

The batsman will also deliver lectures on this topic as a part of his rehabilitation. “As a part of his rehabilitation process Ahmad shall also deliver lectures on anti-doping to such audiences and at such places as the PCB may require,” the official statement said.

On 20 June, the PCB issued a statement via Twitter that a player has been tested positive for a prohibited substance, though the name of the player was not revealed then. It was later revealed that the player was Pakistan’s opener Ahmed Shehzad.

Habib Bank Limited sacked him from department’s captaincy, while PCB issued the batsman charge sheet on 10 July 10. Ahmed Shehzad was provisionally suspended by the PCB after he was found guilty of consuming ‘Marijuana’, a banned substance. His dope test was conducted during the Pakistan Cup 2018 in May.