Ahmedabad: The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) suspended India international Yusuf Pathan for five months for failing a dope test, but the Baroda cricketer’s suspension will end on 14 January after the board backdated the punishment.

A dope test last season on Pathan, who plays for the Kolkata Knight Riders in the Indian Premier League(IPL) Twenty20 tournament, found the presence of terbuteline, which he says was present in his sample because of medication he had taken for a throat infection.

“In hindsight, I should have been more careful and checked the status of the medications with BCCI’s dedicated Anti-Doping Helpline,” Pathan said in a statement to the press on Tuesday.

Terbuteline is a bronchodilator that is used to treat wheezing and shortness of breath from lung problems such as asthma, chronic pulmonary obstructive disease and bronchitis.