London, Oct 3: England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) announced on Wednesday that Somerset CCC's unqualified cricketer, Abdur Rehman, has tested positive for a prohibited substance, namely cannabis, and has accepted a 12-week suspension from cricket for his doping offence.
Laboratory analysis of a sample provided by Mr. Rehman at the LV= County Championship match on 8 August 2012 between Somerset and Nottinghamshire confirmed the Adverse Analytical Finding for cannabis, which is a prohibited substance under the ECB's Anti-Doping Rules and the World Anti-Doping Code, an ECB media release said.
Mr. Rehman's period of suspension will run until midnight Friday December 21st, 2012.
Somerset CCC Chief Executive Guy Lavender said: "Somerset County Cricket Club fully supports the action taken by the ECB. The club does not condone the use of illegal drugs in any circumstances and all Somerset players are made fully aware of this policy on a regular basis.
Abdur Rehman said: "I apologise to my family, the PCB, the ECB, Somerset County Cricket club, my teammates and my fans.
"It was an error of judgement on my part that will cost me dearly and I would like it to be a lesson to all others in sports and elsewhere.
"I will do my best to stay fit and focused during my suspension and god-willing will be available for selection for the India series should the PCB see it fit for me to be selected."