Delhi pacer Pradeep Sangwan has been banned for 18 months for failing a random dope test during the Indian Premier League earlier this year. Sangwan, who plays for Kolkata Knight Riders, will not be able to play competitive cricket till November 5, 2014. According to a Board of Control for Cricket in India press release, the ban is effective May 6, 2013.
The ban was recommended by the BCCI's Anti-Doping Tribunal which concluded its deliberation on October 1. A written decision by the tribunal was received on Friday. The tribunal has found that Sangwan committed an anti-doping violation under Article 2.1 of the Code for the presence of the prohibited substance stanozolol, an anabolic steroid.
A promising left-arm seamer, 22-year-old Sangwan is only the second cricketer in the history of IPL after Pakistani speedster Mohammad Asif to have been found guilty of consuming banned drugs. Sangwan, who played a stellar role in India's victorious U-19 World Cup campaign in 2008, plays for Delhi in the Ranji Trophy and represented Kolkata Knight Riders during the last two editions of the IPL. He has taken 123 wickets in 38 first-class matches.