Laurie Evans freed to resume playing in the Hundred and Vitality Blast after his doping suspension is lifted… with the 35-year-old Surrey batter to face a hearing later this year
- Evans was ‘shocked’ after failing a routine anti-doping test last year
- He was freed to play following an anti-doping panel appeal hearing on Tuesday
- The Surrey white-ball player still faces anti-doping proceedings later this year
Laurie Evans has had his doping ban temporarily lifted and is expected to be signed in the Hundred draft on Thursday.
Evans, 35, was freed to play with immediate effect following a four-hour national anti-doping panel appeal hearing on Tuesday, allowing his name to be added to the revised long list for entry into the ECB’s 100-ball competition.
The Surrey white-ball player still faces anti-doping proceedings later this year, but the ruling by a member of the King’s Counsel means he can resume his career until such a date.
Evans, who said he was ‘shocked’ after failing a routine anti-doping test while playing for Manchester Originals in the 100-ball competition last year, had been top-draft pick for Perth Scorchers after helping them to the 2021-22 Big Bash League title but had his contract terminated by the Australian franchise last November.
He was also unable to be considered for the lucrative SA20 and ILT20 leagues in the new year.
Laurie Evans was freed to play following an anti-doping panel appeal hearing on Tuesday
The 35-year-old batter still faces anti-doping proceedings later this year
However, the lifting of the suspension means he can resume his career both here – in the Vitality Blast and Hundred – and overseas.
‘The National Anti-Doping Panel has ruled that a Provisional Suspension imposed on Laurie Evans on 1 November 2022, in respect of an alleged anti-doping rule violation under the ECB Anti-Doping Rules, is lifted with effect from 21 March 2023,’ said an ECB spokesperson.
A year ago, Evans was a £125,000 premier bracket selection by Manchester Originals and captained them in the 2022 final defeat to Trent Rockets
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