The player was banned for eight months by the BCCI after using an illegal substance.
Prithvi Shaw, who was tagged as the ‘Future of Indian Cricket’, has suffered a fall from grace after using an illegal substance. This caused him to be banned for a few months by the Board of Cricket Control in India (BCCI). According to the player, he took cough syrup not knowing that one of its ingredients was terbutaline, a banned substance in the league.
Due to the ban, Shaw is now ineligible to take part in any BCCI-related activity. However, just recently, the ban came to an end on November 16, 2019. To show that he didn’t lose his touch, he scored 63 runs off of 39 balls while playing for Mumbai in the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy 2019-20 fixture.
In an interview after the match, Shaw spoke about NCA head coach Rahul Dravid helped him during his ban. ‘I had never thought that something like this would happen. I was obviously upset. For the first 20-25 days after I was banned, I was not able to understand how did it happen. Time passed by. I went to London and chilled out there as I was not allowed to practice till September 15’, he said.
‘There was nothing in my mind. I couldn’t have done anything about the ban. After returning from London, Rahul (Dravid) sir called me to the NCA for training. There I went through a series of fitness tests like yo-yo’.
Aside from Dravid, Shaw also acknowledged his father who played an important role in shaping his career. ‘My father has stood behind me and nobody else is there. In these three months, he was with me like he has been during the U14 and U16 days. He felt that he needed to be with me’.
Prithvi Pankaj Shaw is an Indian cricketer and former India national under-19 cricket team captain. To find out more about the different cricket tournaments, visit Betwala's page.
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