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Durham cricketer suspended after failing drug test

Jack Burnham Credit: Owen Humphreys/PA Archive/PA Images

Durham County Cricket Club have confirmed that batsman Jack Burnham has been handed a 12-month cricket suspension following a failed drug test.

The ban is part of the ECB’s illicit drugs policy.

20-year-old Burnham provided a hair sample to testers in early September and tested positive for what Durham Cricket Club describes as a 'recreational drug'.

Durham say they will continue to support Jack and work alongside the PCA and ECB to give him the appropriate level of support.

I am bitterly disappointed in my actions, I’ve let my teammates, members and supporters down. I will work exceptionally hard to retain my fitness and carry out the rehabilitation procedures that have been put in place.”

– Jack Burnham

A statement from the PCA said: “We are aware of the situation surrounding Jack Burnham and we will continue to work closely with Durham and the ECB to support Jack.

“There is an illicit drugs policy in place and we are very much part of that policy. All current players are made aware of the policy and the consequences of any breaches of the policy, during our programme of pre-season visits to the first-class counties and MCC Young Cricketers.”