A BCCI statement said Shaw had “inadvertently ingested a prohibited substance, which can be commonly found in cough syrups”.
Shaw had provided a urine sample as part of the BCCI’s anti-doping testing program during the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy match on February 22, 2019 in Indore. His sample was subsequently tested and found to contain Terbutaline.
Terbutaline, a specified substance, which is prohibited both In & Out of Competition in the WADA Prohibited List of Substances.
Prithvi Shaw who made his Test debut in November 2018 will serve the ban till November 15, 2019 but can resume training after September 15 midnight.
Apart from Shaw, two other cricketers – Akshay Dullarwar and Divya Gajraj were also suspended by BCCI for the same offence.
Shaw released a statement later on Tuesday accepting the punishment.
Shaw wrote on Twitter, “I accept my fate with all sincerity. I have to take this in my stride and hope it inspires others in our sports fraternity too in India.”
“We as athletes need to be extremely careful in taking any medicine for the smallest of medical ailments even if the medicine is available over the counter.”
— Prithvi Shaw (@PrithviShaw) July 30, 2019
“I have come to know today that I will not be able to play cricket till mid-November 2019. This is in light of a prohibited substance present in the cough syrup which I inadvertently took when I had severe cough & cold while playing for my Mumbai team during Syed Mushtaq Ali tournament in Indore in Feb 2019. I was coming back off a foot injury which I suffered during the India tour of Australia & I was returning to active cricket in that tournament. However, out of my eagerness to play, I didn’t follow the protocol of being careful in consuming a basic over the counter cough syrup.
I accept my fate with all sincerity. while I’m still nursing an injury which I suffered during my last tournament, this news has really shaken me. I have to take this in my stride and I hope it inspires others in our sports fraternity too in India that we as athletes need to be extremely careful in taking any medicine for the smallest of medical ailments even if the medicine is available over the counter & we need to always follow the protocol.
I thank the BCCI for all the support and also my near and dear ones who have always stood by me. Cricket is my life and there is no bigger pride for me than playing for India or Mumbai & I will come out of this faster and stronger. Thank you again, everyone, for your support.”