Veteran batsman Yusuf Pathan seems to be the only player with ‘inadvertent’ doping violation on Indian cricket’s doping record last year, according to a WADA report. WADA published their report after the BCCI scrutinized 275 samples.
WADA did not reveal the name of any player, but the unnamed player is more than likely to be Yusuf Pathan. The all-rounder had received a retrospective ban of five months by the BCCI that concluded before this year’s IPL.
Earlier this year, the BCCI found Pathan to violate its anti-doping rules. The 35-year old had ingested the banned substance Terbutaline.
Pathan had also failed the dope test during a domestic match in March last year. However, he had gone on to play the IPL and other games because the results came only later.
But when the report came out in October last year, the BCCI immediately instructed Baroda Cricket Association not to pick him. As a result, Pathan could play only a couple of games despite scoring two centuries in the season-opener.
A BCCI statement at that time had said Pathan had “inadvertently ingested a prohibited substance. The substance is commonly found in cough syrups”.
Pathan’s backdated suspension was from August 15, 2017, to January 14, 2018.
But while Pathan’s is the only Adverse Analytical Finding (AAF), there are also two Atypical Findings (ATF) which suggests there must have been some suspicion about the urine sample of two players. The nationality of those two players in question, however, could not be confirmed.
According to the WADA report, out of the 275 samples tested during 2017, 233 were In Competition (IC) testing. On the other hand, the remaining 42 were Out Of Competition (OOC).
In 2016, Brendon McCullum, the former New Zealand skipper, had tested positive during IPL. However, the BCCI had then procured a backdated TUE (Therapeutic Use Exemption) certificate for the player, and the case got closed.
In 2018, there is one positive dope test, and that is of the first-class cricketer from Punjab, Abhishek Gupta. The wicketkeeper-batsman is currently serving an eight-month ban.
The Indian body does not come under the ambit of the National Anti-Doping Agency (NADA).
As a result, its testing is done by Sweden’s IDTM (International Doping Test & Management). However, in the WADA list, it is reported that NADA had conducted 10 In Competition Testing in 2017.
NADA is yet to comment on this, but it is likely they conducted the tests in competitions which are not recognized by the BCCI.
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