Promising Durham batsman Jack Burnham has vowed to rebuild his career after being slapped with a one-year suspension following a positive test for a recreational drug.
The 20-year-old, who became Durham’s third youngest centurion with a knock of 135 against Surrey in May 2016, failed the England and Wales Cricket Board’s (ECB) illicit drugs policy after providing a hair sample last month.
“I’m bitterly disappointed in my actions. I’ve let my team, members and supporters down,” said Burnham. “I will work exceptionally hard to retain my fitness and carry out the rehabilitation procedures that have been put in place.”
Durham have confirmed they will stand by academy graduate Burnham, who will also receive support from the Professional Cricketers’ Association and the ECB.
Burnham’s suspension continues a difficult period for Durham following their financial woes which resulted in demotion to the County Championship’s second tier last year.
Opener Keaton Jennings and seamer Graham Onions last week joined Lancashire, while Twenty20 skipper Paul Coughlin has signed for Nottinghamshire.