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5 Cricketers Banned from Playing Due to Drug Issues

Sports and stress are two inter related activities. Thus, there has been a long connection of the cricketers with drug issues. While playing fantasy cricket even the players have been under tremendous pressure since the same includes real time money dealings. While browsing the news of the cricketing world, you might often come across cricketers being banned from playing the game due to the high drug addiction or their connection to illegal activities.  

Nevertheless, these cricketers might have been some of the best during their times. Suspensions, banning and hefty fines have been a part and parcel of the career of every cricketer. It’s actually fascinating fact for the fantasy game lovers. They are required to keep a track of such players before adding the same in fantasy cricket leagues.  

Let’s have a look at some of the best players whose career has been ruined due to their addiction towards drug.  

Mohammad Asif 

In 2008 this pacer of the Pakistan team was banned from playing the game due to a drug related controversy. Even during the Champions Trophy 2006, he was evoked from the team due drug issues. Again, in the year 2008, he was found with opium in possession in the Dubai airport. Certainly not a great choice for an ideal cricketer and not a very good choice for the fantasy cricket leagues either.  

Yusuf Pathan 

The elder brother among the Pathan brothers, was an all-rounder and a hard-hitter in the team. He was suspended for failing a dope test in 2018. The violation of the law made the BCCI remove the player from the team. He was suspended and his career went down because of that. The 36 year old Pathan was expelled from the team and after that he played for the T20 platform however his skills were not as before.  

Shane Warne 

The greatest Australian spinner of all time was suspended in the year 2003 since he was tested positive for a drug in his blood. The aggressiveness with which Warne used to play made many thinks that he was a permanent drug addict. Although he has stopped playing for the Australian team however his videos of previous game plays are still fresh and famous in the mind of the fantasy cricket lovers.  

Stephen Fleming 

This New Zealand skipper was famous for his cool attitude and behavior. However, the whole cricketing fraternity was shocked when it was found that Fleming was taking skill enhancement drugs. According to the cricketing laws this was a criminal offence. Thus, ended the career of the cool New Zealander! He is not a good choice in case of fantasy cricket leagues if he was playing till date.  

Ian Botham 

This former England player who was an outstanding player of his time was banned for around 63 days because he was alleged for smoking cannabis. He was the right armed fast-medium bowler of the team and started his career in 1977 against Australia. He was banned for around 63 days, which made a negative mark in his career. Although online fantasy game players regard him as one of the greatest all-rounders, however there’s no denying the fact that his addiction definitely hampered his potential of playing the game.  

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