Laurie Evans has been consensively terminated by the Perth Scorchers for this season’s Big Bash League after she tested positive for a banned substance.
Evans said in a statement through the Professional Cricketers Association that he was “shocked” by the results of a test conducted at The Hundred in August when he was with the Manchester Originals.
The T20 specialist averaged a 40.11 hit rate of 144.4 in his first season with the Scorchers in the BBL, while the news caused the team side to sever ties with the 35-year-old.
“The club is disappointed to learn that Evans tested positive for an anti-doping test on a sample provided in August 2022,” the club said in a statement.
“Evans was held by the Scorchers in the gold round of the first KFC BBL12 draft.
“Due to circumstances, the Scorchers and Laurie and their management have mutually agreed to terminate his contract for the 2022-23 KFC Big Bash League season.”
Surrey’s Evans has never played for England, but has been on the margins of selection in the past and has been on a 55-man training squad recruited during the Covid regulations in 2021.
He wrote on Monday: “I was shocked to be told that an anti-doping sample I gave in August 2022 had tested positive for traces of a prohibited substance.
“I passionately believe in clean sports and have never taken any banned substances. I don’t know what causes a positive test, but my team and I are investigating how this could happen and I’m doing everything possible to find out.
“Due to the confidentiality of the process, I cannot say more at this stage, but I would like to thank my family for supporting me during this very difficult time.”