Wasim Akram to Shoaib Akhtar: TOP cricketers embroiled in DRUG-related controversies, in PICS
Former Pakistan captain Wasim Akram has revealed addiction to cocaine after his retirement from international cricket. However, Akram is not the first cricket to be embroiled in drug-related controversies. In these collection of pictures, we look at Shoaib Akhtar to Yusuf Pathan to Shane Warne, TOP cricketers involved in drug controversies.
Former Pakistan skipper and fast bowling legend Wasim Akram has opened up on his struggle with a cocaine addiction after his cricket career ended, in his upcoming autobiography Sultan: A Memoir. (Source: Twitter)
Shoaib Akhtar along with Mohammad Asif tested positive for performance enhancing drug tests prior to their opening match in the 2006 Champions Trophy against Sri Lanka in Jaipur, following which both were withdrawn from the squad and sent back home. (Source: Twitter)
Former India all-rounder Yusuf Pathan was handed a five-month retrospective suspension for failing a dope test, a sanction which will end on January 14 2018, after the BCCI accepted that the violation was inadvertent. (Source: Twitter)
Late Shane Warne was suspended for 12 months in 2003 prior to the start of the World Cup, after he tested positive for a banned diuretic. (Source: Twitter)
Former Pakistan pacer Mohammad Asif was also involved in a drug-related controversy during the Champions Trophy 2006 for taking nandrolone -- an androgen and anabolic steroid for which he was banned for a year but that decision was later reversed. Asif was handed a one-year ban by the Indian Premier League Drugs Tribunal for failing a dope test during the inaugural edition of the tournament in 2008. (Source: Twitter)
Former New Zealand skipper and Chennai Super Kings head coach Stephen Fleming was charged with smoking pot along with a few other Kiwi players involving Dion Nash and Matthew Hart. This incident dates back to an incident in South Africa in December 1994. (Source: Twitter)