Lahore - Cricket's world governing body is
conducting dope tests on four Pakistani players, including leg-spinner Yasir
Shah, suspended for three months earlier this year, team manager Intikhab Alam
confirmed on Friday.
Pakistan Test captain Misbah-ul-Haq was
also tested by the International Cricket Council (ICC).
The team can ill afford any positive
results, which could have a significant impact on their upcoming tour in
England, during which the results are expected to be confirmed.
The ICC, which has been a signatory of the
World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) since 2006, routinely conducts such tests in
and out of competition.
Shah was provisionally suspended in
December last year after he tested positive for chlortalidone, a masking agent
under the WADA list of banned substances.
He was barred for three months after he
pleaded guilty and told the ICC that he had inadvertently taken his wife's
blood pressure medication.
His ban was lifted in late March, making
him eligible for the England tour.
Alam said Shah's test could come under the
"Besides Shah, Test captain
Misbah-ul-Haq, one-day skipper Azhar Ali and fast bowler Junaid Khan were also
tested but Shah's test could be targeted," he said.
Shah is seen as Pakistan's main
wicket-taker for the four-match Test series in England, which starts at Lord's
from July 14.
Pakistan will also play five one-days and a
Twenty20 international on the tour.
Their last tour to England in 2010 was
marred by a spot-fixing case which resulted in five-year bans on then Test
captain Salman Butt, Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Amir.
Amir returned to the national team in
January this year and is expected to be named for all three formats for the