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Hamza insists he never doped intentionally

───   MORGAN PIEK 07:26 Thu, 19 May 2022

Hamza insists he never doped intentionally | News Article
Zubayr Hamza - Cricinfo

The Western Province and Proteas cricketer, Zubayr Hamza, has insisted that he never doped intentionally. The batter was suspended from all forms of cricket and cricket-related-activities after a sample tested positive from a banned substance.

The Western Province and Proteas cricketer, Zubayr Hamza, has insisted that he never doped intentionally.

The batter was suspended from all forms of cricket and cricket-related-activities after a sample tested positive from a banned substance.

The International Cricket Council considered and accepted Hamza’s submission.

Through the South African Cricketer's Association Hamza thanked the ICC for believed his version and hence the relatively light sentence.

“I wish to thank the ICC for the professional manner in which they managed this process.  I have never intentionally taken a prohibited substance and I am relieved that the ICC determination confirms this fact.  The past few months have been difficult for me on a personal and professional level, and I have learnt lessons that I will share with my fellow players.

“I would like to thank Cricket South Africa and Western Province for their support during this time.  I would also like to thank my attorney, Barend Kellerman, for his expertise in navigating this process, and SACA for their comprehensive support during what has been a difficult time for me.”

Hamza has received a nine-month sentence which is backed-dated to March and he will be allowed to resume with cricket in December.

Morgan Piek OFM Sport

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