Laurie Evans denies any wrongdoing as an anti-doping test comes back positive

Laurie Evans, a batter for Surrey and Manchester Originals. Disclosed on Monday (21 November) that his anti-doping sample from the second edition of The Hundred came back positive. Evans, though, denied any misconduct in a statement issued by the Professional Cricketers’ Association (PCA).

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The Surrey batter revealed that his anti-doping sample taken during the second edition of The Hundred returned positive

Evans was named Player of the Match in the 2021-22 Big Bash League final. After scoring an undefeated 41-ball 76 for Perth Scorchers against Sydney Sixers. Following the disclosure, the Scorchers canceled Evans’ contract. Evans was a first-round selection pick.

“The club is disappointed to learn of Evans’ positive anti-doping test result relating to a sample provided in August 2022. Due to the circumstances the Scorchers,

and Laurie and his management have decided to mutually terminate his contract for the 2022-23 KFC Big Bash League season. The club will explore its options to source a replacement player for the tournament.”

the Scorchers stated.

Laurie Evans, a specialist hitter in shorter forms. Is also an important element of the Originals setup, having captained the side in Jos Buttler’s absence.

Evans failed a standard anti-doping test while playing for the Originals earlier this year.

“I was shocked to be told that an anti-doping sample I provided in August 2022 tested positive for trace amounts of a banned substance.”

Evans stated.

“Due to the confidentiality of the process, I cannot say any more at this stage but I would like to thank my family for supporting me at this very distressing time.”

Evans added.

“We have been in discussion with Laurie and his representatives and understand he intends to investigate this result. We will make no further comment until the process has concluded,” 

Surrey Cricket said in a statement.

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