Zubayr Hamza: South Africa batter banned after constructive doping check

Zubayr Hamza

Hamza has played six Tests and one one-day international for South Africa

South Africa batter Zubayr Hamza has been banned for nine months after testing positive for a heart medication he said he took by accident.

Hamza, 26, told the International Cricket Council (ICC) he intended to take his own medication but instead ingested his father’s heart medication.

The ICC accepted his explanation and gave him a shorter ban, but he will miss this summer’s tour of England.

He played the last of his six Tests in February against New Zealand.

Hamza averages 17.66 from six Tests with a high score of 62 and played three Tests against England in the 2019-20 series.

He provided an out-of-competition sample in January in which the prohibited substance Furosemide was found.

The ICC’s integrity unit said it “established no significant fault or negligence on his part”.

“I have never intentionally taken a prohibited substance and I am relieved that the ICC determination confirms this fact,” Hamza said.