Prithvi Shaw’s ban to expire soon: The suspended opening batsman is likely to take the field for Mumbai this month itself.
Opening batsman Prithvi Shaw was handed an eight-month suspension after a banned substance was found in his urine sample. Terbutaline, a banned substance which is generally found in cough syrups, was found in Shaw’s urine sample when he was tested during the last season of the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy in Indore.
Shaw was declared the ‘Man of the Series‘ in his debut Test series on the back of scoring 237 runs at a strike rate of 94.04 including one century and half-century each against West Indies at home. However, Shaw injured his ankle during a pre-series warm-up match in Australia to be eventually ruled out of the series.
— Prithvi Shaw (@PrithviShaw) July 30, 2019
With the openers’ slot all but sealed in the Test format, Shaw will have to put in the hard yards once again to knock the doors of the national selectors.
Prithvi Shaw’s ban to expire soon
A good thing for the 19-year old batsman is that his ban is slated to end on November 15. With the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy beginning today, Shaw will stand a chance of being among the runs in India’s premier domestic T20 competition.
In an interview with ESPNcricinfo, chairman of Mumbai’s ad-hoc selection panel Milind Rege confirmed that Shaw’s name will be discussed while selecting the squad. In the absence of Shreyas Iyer, Shardul Thakur and Shivam Dube, Mumbai selectors have only announced the squad for the first three matches.
“He [Prithvi Shaw] will be free to play from [November] 16, so of course he will be considered for selection. I can’t make any commitment to whether he will be back, but we will certainly discuss his selection,” Rege was quoted as saying.
The 70-year old also expected Shaw to have learnt from his mistakes and come back as a “stronger person”. “Now that he has learned a few lessons on what not to do, he will come back a stronger person.
“I am sure this has taught him a few things in life. He will have to be careful, he will have to concentrate on his cricket and he will have to probably look at it differently because mistakes, when they happen, have to be rectified. And I am sure Prithvi has learned from this,” Rege said.