Promising Indian cricketer Prithvi Shaw has been handed a back-dated eight-month suspension for doping violation. According to BCCI, Shaw was found guilty of consuming the bannef substance Terbutaline.
According to the Indian cricket board, Shaw has admitted to the Anti-Doping Rule Violation (ADRV), but stated that it wasn't deliberate and that he ingested the banned substance courtesy an over-the-counter cough syrup.
The 19-year-old has released a statement saying he accepts the punishment and that the incident is a lesson on how athletes need to be extremely careful while taking the smallest of medicines.
"I accept my fate with all sincerity. I have to take this in my stride and hope it inspires others in our sports fraternity too in India.
"We as athletes need to be extremely careful in taking any medicine for the smallest of medical ailments even if the medicine is available over the counter," Shaw's statement said.
In October 2018, Shaw became the youngest Indian to hit a century on Test debut.
Read Prithvi Shaw's full statement
"I have come to know today that I will not be able to play cricket till mid-November 2019. This is in light of a prohibited substance present in the cough syrup which I inadvertently took when I had severe cough & cold while playing for my Mumbai team during Syed Mushtaq Ali tournament in Indore in Feb 2019. I was coming back off a foot injury which I suffered during the India tour of Australia & I was returning to active cricket in that tournament. However, out of my eagerness to play, I didn't follow the protocol of being careful in consuming a basic over the counter cough syrup.
I accept my fate with all sincerity. while I'm still nursing an injury which I suffered during my last tournament, this news has really shaken me. I have to take this in my stride and I hope it inspires others in our sports fraternity too in India that we as athletes need to be extremely careful in taking any medicine for the smallest of medical ailments even if the medicine is available over the counter & we need to always follow the protocol.
I thank the BCCI for all the support and also my near and dear ones who have always stood by me. Cricket is my life and there is no bigger pride for me than playing for India or Mumbai & I will come out of this faster and stronger. Thank you again, everyone, for your support."
Two other domestic cricketers, Akshay Dullarwar from Vidarbha and Divya Gajraj from Rajasthan, have been suspended for eight and six months respectively for similar doping offence.
--By A Cricket Correspondent