Cricketer Prithvi Shaw who captained the India colts to victory in the Under-19 World Cup in 2018 has been suspended by the BCCI for a doping violation after inadvertently having ingested a prohibited substance Terbutaline commonly found in cough drops.
Indian commentator and analyst Harsha Bhogle backed the banned youngster and said that the governing body should tread carefully regarding this matter and should provide the right support to the left-handed batsman. He said that Shaw was a kid who had worked very hard to become a successful cricketer.
Read Bhogle's tweet here:
Shaw's doping test had taken place on February 22 in Indore and his sample tested positive for Terbutaline which is on WADA's list of prohibited substances. He was charged under the BCCI's anti-doping rules on July 16, 2019, and responded by admitting the violation but asserted that it was inadvertent as it has resulted from him taking an over-the-counter medication for his cough. His eight-month period of ineligibility was deemed to have begun n March 16, 2019, and will run till November 15.
In his statement, Prithvi Shaw begins by explaining the circumstances behind his testing positive for the prohibited substance, which he inadvertently ingested in the form of an over-the-counter cough syrup while playing the Syed Mushtaq Ali tournament in Indore in February 2019.
Accepting his fate, he makes mention of the foot injury he is in the process of recovering from, and then says that he has been shaken by the development.
However, he proceeds to write about how his experience must also be taken cognisance of by India's sporting fraternity so that they are careful to follow the protocol in such situations.
"I will come out of this faster and stronger," Shaw concludes, thanking the BCCI and expressing his love for the sport.