SA Cricketer Zubayr Hamza Suspended for Accidental Doping Violation
SA Cricketer Zubayr Hamza Suspended for Accidental Doping Violation. Photo: CricketSA

The International Cricket Council (ICC) today announced that South African batter Zubayr Hamza has been suspended from all cricket-related activities for nine months, after admitting to an anti-doping rule violation under the ICC Anti-Doping Code.

Hamza provided an out-of-competition sample on 17 January 2022 in Paarl, South Africa, in which the prohibited substance Furosemide was found.

Unfortunately, Hamza had mixed up his own anti-allergy medication with his father’s heart medication which contained the banned substance.

The 26-year-old admitted the violation and, having established no significant fault or negligence on his part, a nine-month period of ineligibility has been imposed, backdated to 22 March 2022, the date that Hamza accepted a provisional suspension.

The International Cricket Council accepted his explanation about the medicine mix-up, and therefore reduced Hamza’s suspension from the usual two years to nine months.

The effect of this suspension is that Hamza will be eligible to return to cricket on 22 December 2022.

In addition, all of Hamza’s individual performances between 17 January and 22 March 2022 have been disqualified.

Alex Marshall, ICC General Manager – Integrity Unit said: “The ICC is committed to keeping cricket clean and has a zero-tolerance approach to doping. It is also a timely reminder to all international cricketers that they remain responsible for anything they put into their bodies, to know exactly what medication they are taking so as to ensure it does not contain a prohibited substance and does not result in an anti-doping rule violation.”