South African Test Cricketer Zubayr Hamza Suspended After Positive Drug Test

Zubayr Hamza was found to be positive for Furosemide.© Twitter

South African cricketer Zubayr Hamza has agreed to a voluntary suspension after testing positive for a banned substance, South African Cricket announced on Wednesday. Hamza, 26, has played in six Test matches and one international match a day. According to a CSA statement, Hamza tested positive for the substance Furosemide following the International Cricket Council’s anti-doping test on 17 January. Furosemide is a diuretic, prescribed to treat hypertension and reduce swelling caused by the accumulation of fluid in the body. It was on the World Anti-Doping Agency’s ban list because of concerns that it might cover other drugs.

“Zubayr did not dispute a positive test, cooperated fully with the ICC and had agreed for the voluntary suspension to be initiated immediately while a written submission was submitted to the ICC,” the CSA said.

“Furosemide is not a performance -enhancing substance and Zubayr has been able to identify how the substance enters the system.”

Hamza was named in the South African squad for the current one -day series against Bangladesh but withdrew before the series began due to what the CSA described at the time as “personal reasons”.

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