In some surprising turn of events, Indian test opener Prithvi Shaw was recently banned by BCCI for doping charges. He has been banned for a period of eight months from all the formats of the game as a banned substance Terbutaline was found in the results of his urine tests.
Prithvi’s suspension is backdated from the day of the collection of his urine sample, i.e February 22 of this year and it will expire on November 15th of this year.
On February 22nd, as a part of the BCCI’s anti-doping rules (ADR), Prithvi Shaw gave his urine sample on the day of Mumbai’s Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy match against Punjab in Indore. The sample was sent to WADA-accredited National Dope Testing Laboratory in New Delhi, where Terbutaline was detected in his urine sample.
As per the final report prepared by Dr. Abhijit Salvi, BCCI’s anti-doping manager, Prithvi Shaw had waived his right to have his B sample tested and accepted the charge, two days after the findings were out.
“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.
Yesterday, Prithvi Shaw took to his Twitter and shared a letter for his fans after he was banned for doping. In his letter, he revealed that he consumed a cough syrup, which contained the banned substance because he had a severe cough and cold, during the Syed Mushtaq Ali tournament.
He revealed as he was coming back off a foot injury, he was eager to get back into playing and thus took the cough syrup to get rid of the cough and cold, unaware of the banned substance present in it.
Here, have a look at his letter:
— Prithvi Shaw (@PrithviShaw) July 30, 2019
Social Media was soon flooded with tweets and messages for the banned cricketer. Twitterati were left in shock but asked the 19-year-old cricketer to “not worry at all”. Here, have a look at the reactions of twitterati on this:
Gud that u hav come up wit dis. Mistakes does happen and specially wen it’s sports related substances. I’m sure u will come back more focused and stronger. Best wishes always 😊
— MANOJ TIWARY (@tiwarymanoj) July 30, 2019
You have learnt from your mistake now come back stronger. 💪👍
Get well soon from your injury. 💐
— Manish 🏏 (@IManish311) July 30, 2019
You're a champion. Believe in yourself. We all know You will fight back.
— Chirag Vaghamshi (@CB_Vaghamashi) July 30, 2019
You are a wonderful player… learn your lesson and come back strong….best wishes from across the border!
— Shahid Hashmi (@hashmi_shahid) July 30, 2019
Buddy, you are hell of a talent. Dont get spoiled with all these small unsubstantiated incidents. Good that this thing happened at this early stage of your career. You have ample time to recover. But I must tell, you are bit of unlucky as well. Take care and come back stronger.
— Lalatendu Mishra (@lalatendu4u) July 30, 2019
You Accepted Your Fault…. Now Get Well Soon and Come Back Stronger… WE LOVE YOU AND ALWAYS SUPPORT YOU ♥️♥️♥️♥️♥️♥️♥️♥️♥️♥️♥️♥️♥️❤️♥️❤️♥️❤️♥️❤️♥️❤️♥️
— SWAGGIE GIRL 😎😎😉😉❤️❤️ (@SunandaGoswami9) July 30, 2019
Dude, I'm a physician. Terbutaline is a common bronchodilator present in many cough syrups. Quite understandable that a young cricketer wouldn't have expected a banned substance to be in a cough syrup.
— Ismail Mohamed (@ismohd87) July 30, 2019
Don't worry prithvi it's a part and parcel of the game even Shane worn has faced this,you didn't do this Intensioly so move it from this and keep focusing your game, you are the future of Indian cricket keep practising we'll see you shortly in Indian team.
— amul kadam (@amulkadam) July 30, 2019
This is the beginning champ, you will cross so many obstacles in life successfully. Think that it's a rest time and improve your game. See you after 8 months
— Pankaj Tiwari (@ThePankajTiwari) July 30, 2019
Don't worry Shaw, you're the upcoming hero of Indian Cricket Team, so focus only in your game. Take your game to such a high level that no one can ever beat you again.
— Sudipta Sett (@sett_sudipta) July 30, 2019