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Reuters added that the PCB has withdrawn Rehman from the Sialkot Stallions squad due to play in the Champions League Twenty20 qualifying tournament.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

Comments (18) Closed

Shaikh Oct 03, 2012 09:13am
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 Oct 02, 2012 08:56pm
Why would a spinner even need drugs? I wonder if the reports will be confirmed...
Azmat Oct 02, 2012 06:07pm
Probably some majoon from a hakeem did the trick !!
Ch.subba Rao Oct 02, 2012 04:21pm
Young and promising stars are misguided and landing in is a huge loss to the entire cricket fraternity
quresh Oct 02, 2012 08:42pm
Great comments.
anony Oct 02, 2012 07:42pm
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 Oct 02, 2012 08:53pm
So sad...I really likwed the guy but....if he is no...he has no place in my life or in the cricket world. Well done those ...who caught him.
Pakman Oct 03, 2012 04:56am
Who cares! We're in the semi-final! It's a conspiracy to weaken the Sialkot Stallions!
observer Oct 03, 2012 03:29am
I like your sense of humor.
observer Oct 03, 2012 03:29am
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 Oct 03, 2012 02:24am
Another good example of self destruction. PCB should be educating these guys. There are laws outside of Pakistan.
Naeem Oct 03, 2012 02:19am
Exactly what is a recreational drug? If it is not performance enhancing why take it?
Adil Jadoon Oct 03, 2012 01:58am
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 Oct 03, 2012 01:33am
well said
Nadeem Oct 03, 2012 01:10am
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 Oct 02, 2012 09:07pm
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 Oct 02, 2012 06:10pm
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 Oct 02, 2012 07:30pm
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.