The PCB has extended Ahmed Shehzad’s ban by six weeks after the batsman was found guilty of breaching the ruling on his four-month suspension. His original ban was supposed to end on November 10, but will now run until December 22, forcing him to miss the entire season of Quaid-e-Azam Trophy.

Shehzad was charged with two violations of the PCB's anti-doping rules after he tested positive for a banned substance in July. He underwent a random dope test conducted during the Pakistan Cup domestic tournament earlier this year, and was handed a four-month ban which barred him completely from playing any level of cricket during that period.

However, he was found violating that clause on this occasion, after he played club cricket for PCB-accredited Muslim Gymkhana on multiple occasions.

He was subsequently issued a show-cause notice, to which he responded with an apology, citing the whole affair an error of judgment.

"This is due to my only having played these games at club level, but I can assure you I would never willfully breach the rule as prescribed," he said. "Had I been aware that this was a violation, I would never have played cricket at any level."

The PCB said on Friday that although Shehzad has apologised for breaching the terms of his anti-doping ban and has also shown remorse but being a professional cricketer there is no excuse for him not being aware of rules and regulations.

"Mindful that the instant decision will also serve as a constructive lesson to Ahmed Shehzad and other cricketers, that strict adherence to applicable rules and regulations is mandatory, a new period of ineligibility is imposed on Ahmed Shehzad which will be applicable from November 11th, 2018," the PCB said in a statement.

He last played for Pakistan in the two T20Is against Scotland in July, but hasn't played an ODI for over a year. His last Test came in the West Indies in May 2017.

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