Prithvi Shaw in soup after failing dope test

New Delhi: Talented India opener Prithvi Shaw was on Tuesday banned from all forms of cricket for a period of eight months after failing a dope test, the BCCI said.

A BCCI release said Shaw had “inadvertently ingested a prohibited substance, which can be commonly found in cough syrups.” Shaw’s suspension is retrospective in nature, starting from 16 March and ending on 15 November.

Apart from Shaw, two other cricketers — Akshay Dullarwar and Divya Gajraj — were also suspended for the same offence. Shaw had provided a urine sample as part of the BCCI’s anti-doping testing programme during the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy on February 22, 2019 in Indore. His sample was subsequently tested and found to contain terbutaline.

“Terbutaline, a specified substance, is prohibited both In and Out of Competition in the WADA Prohibited List of Substances,” the BCCI release stated. “Prithvi Shaw registered with Mumbai Cricket Association, has been suspended for doping violation,” the BCCI said.

Shaw is currently at the National Cricket Academy undergoing rehabilitation for a reported hip injury, but the BCCI statement is an indicator that he was pulled out of Mumbai Premier League after testing positive.