The ban on Mumbai opener Prithvi Shaw comes to an end on Friday (November 15) after failing the doping test. He was selected in the last two league matches of the Syed Mushtaq Ali T20 Trophy and the 15-member squad in Mumbai for the Super League stage. He was banned for eight months by the BCCI after failing the doping test on 30 July.
Shaw had inadvertently taken a cough syrup that contained a banned drug called ‘Terbutaline’. Shaw took the cuff syrup during the previous Mushtaq Ali Trophy, which was played between February and March this year. The BCCI had said that Shaw would have to complete at least half of the stipulated period, which would end on November 15.
Giving details about Shaw’s selection, former Mumbai team captain and current chief selector Milind Regg said, “I had talked to Prithvi a few days ago about his activism, he told me that he was in NCA (National Cricket Academy) Rahul is training under the guidance of Dravid (NCA chief). He is looking healthy and ready to return to the game. They will join the team on Saturday. After 16, they will be able to play.”
Shaw came into the limelight in October last year with a century in the debut test. During the period of suspension, he continued to train mainly at the National Cricket Academy in Bangalore. Accepting the ban imposed by the BCCI, Shaw had said that I will come back fast and strong as cricket is my life and there is nothing more proud to play for India and Mumbai. Reg continued, “He is a great player, we have to bring him back. They are youngsters who have scored plenty before. But that is a thing of the past, now we are looking at it according to its capacity.”
Prithvi Shaw hit a century against West Indies in Rajkot in October last year. He was also elected ‘Player of the Match’ in that match. He scored 237 runs in two matches of that series. After that, he did not play a series against Australia due to an ankle injury. He failed a doping test after taking a cough syrup in Indore during the Syed Mushtaq Ali T20 Trophy in February and was banned in July.
Mumbai team for Mushtaq Ali Trophy: Suryakumar Yadav (Captain), Shreyas Iyer, Prithvi Shaw (Eligible from November 17), Aditya Tare, Jay Bista, Siddhesh Lad, Shivam Dube, Shubham Ranjane, Sujit Nayak, Shams Mulani, Dhrumil Matkar, Shardul Thakur, Dhawal Kulkarni, Tushar Deshpande, Eknath Kerkar.