Pakistani opener batsman Ahmed Shehzad , who was suspended by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) for failing a dope test, has been dismissed as captain of his Habib Bank Limited (HBL) team in the domestic circuit.

The 26-year old opener has been removed from captaincy by HBL, and his name is not included in the list of expected team members for the upcoming Quaid-e-Azam Trophy.

Moreover, he has also been excluded from the PCB’s new central contract for the players.

Shehzad was provisionally suspended and charged by the PCB after an independent review confirmed in July that he tested positive for a banned substance. The cricketer submitted his response to the charge sheet after legal consultation later in the month.

The batsman has struggled to nail down a place in the Pakistan squad in recent years but played in the two-match Twenty20 series in Scotland in June, where he scored a combined 38 runs as the visitors recorded commanding victories.

He has represented Pakistan in 13 Tests, 81 One-Day Internationals (ODI) and 57 T20 internationals.