Former New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum finally opened up about a drug test which turned out to be positive during lucrative Indian Premier League (IPL) way back in 2016 against domestic professional Twenty20 league franchise Delhi Daredevils.
McCullum, who was representing now defunct Gujarat Lions took a higher dose of medication after suffering from asthma. However, it was due to excessive pollution levels in New Delhi. This resulted in an excess of salbutamol, a drug used to treat asthma, in McCullum’s urine sample.
“There was a bit of a process to go through to make sure they had all the information and ticked off the areas they wanted to see, but we went through it all and [the BCCI] were actually pretty good to work with, in the end,” McCullum told stuff.co.nz.
BCCI approached McCullum. He got the help of medical experts from Sweden to issue a retroactive Therapeutic Use Exemption (TUE).
Don’t see as a failed drug test: Brendon McCullum
The 36-year-old veteran McCullum admitted that he doesn’t see it as a failed drug test. McCullum also revealed that he has no guilt or remorse for that One-off incident.
“I certainly don’t see it as a failed drug test. It was just a case of we just need to seek clarification and apply for this. I have no ill-feeling about [the process] and I also have no guilt or remorse about it because I needed a puff of my inhaler at that time,” he added.
McCullum smashed a whirlwind 36-ball 60 and led his team to a thrilling one-run win.
“As far as I am concerned it was just a matter of making sure we got everything signed off properly, rather than it being a failed drug test,” he added.