Abdur Rehman. -Photo by AFP

KARACHI: Pakistan's left-arm spinner Abdur Rehman has tested positive for recreational drugs and is likely to face a ban, according to reports.

The 32-year-old failed a drugs test while playing for Somerset during the summer in England. The length of his suspension will be decided according to the Anti-Doping Agency code after his test results are confirmed. The England and Wales Cricket Board has not confirmed whether the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has been informed.

If banned for a lengthy period, the spinner is likely to miss Pakistan's series against South Africa in early 2013.

"Frankly speaking I really don't know how this test has come positive because I don't remember taking any medicines or prohibited items that might contain banned substances," cricketcountry.com quoted Rehman as saying.

Reuters added that the PCB has withdrawn Rehman from the Sialkot Stallions squad due to play in the Champions League Twenty20 qualifying tournament.

Rehman played four Championship matches for Somerset and took 27 wickets. For Pakistan, he has played 17 Tests, 25 One-Day Internationals and seven Twenty20 matches but was left out of the squad for the World Twenty20 in Sri Lanka.

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Comments (18)

Shaikh
October 3, 2012 9:13 am
Now what is the common factor behind ball tempering Allegations, Spot fixing and now this dope stuff.......ENGLAND....... why the heck this all happens when and in england......hmm Trap anyone?????
Shahrose Khan
October 2, 2012 8:56 pm
Why would a spinner even need drugs? I wonder if the reports will be confirmed...
Azmat
October 2, 2012 6:07 pm
Probably some majoon from a hakeem did the trick !!
Ch.subba Rao
October 2, 2012 4:21 pm
Young and promising stars are misguided and landing in trouble.it is a huge loss to the entire cricket fraternity
quresh
October 2, 2012 8:42 pm
Great comments.
anony
October 2, 2012 7:42 pm
Guys, it was a 'recreational' drug. It can be injested with any other supplement without even knowing it. Its not like he did dope. Give him a break. Good luck Rahman.
Capt C M Khan
October 2, 2012 8:53 pm
So sad...I really likwed the guy but....if he is drugee....no no...he has no place in my life or in the cricket world. Well done those ...who caught him.
Pakman
October 3, 2012 4:56 am
Who cares! We're in the semi-final! It's a conspiracy to weaken the Sialkot Stallions!
observer
October 3, 2012 3:29 am
I like your sense of humor.
observer
October 3, 2012 3:29 am
I hope Raza Hassan and Saeed Ajmal resist the temptation. Else, a cool spin duo that Pakistan has gathered will be wasted. We have already lost two talented bowlers in Muhammad Asif and Muhammad Amir to un-professional practices. Amir could bat too and was young when he got astray. Hope he comes back and shine again.
sali
October 3, 2012 2:24 am
Another good example of self destruction. PCB should be educating these guys. There are laws outside of Pakistan.
Naeem
October 3, 2012 2:19 am
Exactly what is a recreational drug? If it is not performance enhancing why take it?
Adil Jadoon
October 3, 2012 1:58 am
So what if he smoked some pot. Phelps was caught doing the same and I have seen so many smoking it. Much better then cheating???
Zed
October 3, 2012 1:33 am
well said
Nadeem
October 3, 2012 1:10 am
Another ignorant Pakistan players bites the dust or shoud I say smoked the dust. When will these guys learn the lesson. They should know that they should be extra careful of their actions espicially in England and probably in India as well. People are out there to frame them. Rohit Sharma and Wayne Parnell were caught at a IPL party and tested positive. No action was taken against them. What a cover up. Only India can do that...
nboghani
October 2, 2012 9:07 pm
Look at the other examples, cricketer who were convicted and now release from England Jail are openly invited on TV channels, Media has no shame either.
faiz
October 2, 2012 6:10 pm
Failures are these players to destroy my countrys name, they should be locked in and banned for life in cricket.. I am ashamed that we have these kind of indiviudals representing my beautiful Pakistan..
Jawwad
October 2, 2012 7:30 pm
C'mon guys. It's not that bad as you are making out to be. Recreational, remember? However, anyone playing sports at International level should know better.
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