After been banned for eight months for failing a dope test, Prithvi Shaw is finally back playing cricket after he was included in the Mumbai side for the final two games and for the super league stage of the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy. Mumbai, who have won all five games, will welcome back Shaw who will be eligible to play after his ban ends on Friday, which is November 15. Shaw could play in Mumbai's game against Assam which will be the last game at the Wankhede stadium after the Mumbai Cricket Association announced the squad.
On November 9, when Shaw had turned 20, he had assured that his 2.0 version would be displayed. "I turn 20 today. I assure it will be Prithvi Shaw 2.0 going forward. Thank u for all the good wishes and support. Will be back in action soon. #motivation #hardwork #believe," he had tweeted on his birthday. Shaw, who made a memorable Test debut for India against the West Indies, last played in the Indian Premier League.
The BCCI had banned the 19-year-old from all forms of the game till November 15 for failing a dope test. The teenager had inadvertently consumed a banned substance terbutaline without availing Therapeutic Use Exemption (TUE) certificate. Shaw had provided a urine sample as part of the BCCI's anti-doping testing programme during the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy on February 22, 2019 in Indore. His sample was subsequently tested and found to contain terbutaline.
"This is in the light of a prohibited substance present in the cough syrup which I inadvertently took when I had severe cough and cold while playing in Syed Mushtaq Ali tournament in Indore in February. I was coming off a foot injury which I suffered during the India tour of Australia and I was returning to active cricket in that tournament. Out of my eagerness to play, I didn't follow the protocol of being careful in consuming a basic over the counter cough syrup," Shaw said.
"The BCCI is satisfied with Mr. Shaw’s explanation that he had taken Terbutaline inadvertently to treat a Respiratory Tract Infection and not as a performance-enhancing drug. Having considered all of the evidence and taken expert external advice, the BCCI has accepted Mr. Shaw’s explanation of the cause of his ADRV, and on that basis has agreed that a period of ineligibility of eight months should apply, together with the disqualification of certain results," the BCCI statement had said at that time.