BCCI says thanks, but no thanks to NADA again

DNA (Delhi) - - DNA SPORTS - Chan­der Shekhar Luthra shekhar.luthra@dnain­dia.net

New Delhi: The Board of Con­trol for cricket in In­dia (BCCI) has made it clear to the sports min­istry and Na­tional Anti-Dop­ing Agency (NADA) that it is an au­ton­o­mous body af­fil­i­ated to the In­ter­na­tional Cricket Coun­cil (ICC) and thus can­not al­low any other en­tity to con­duct dope tests on its crick­eters.

In sep­a­rate let­ters writ­ten to the min­istry and NADA dated Novem­ber 8, board’s CEO Rahul Johri as­serted, “BCCI fol­lows the ICC Code, which is based on the World Anti-dop­ing Agency (WADA) Code”.

This was in re­sponse to sports min­istry’s dik­tat last month or­der­ing NADA to con­duct dope-tests on In­dian crick­eters as per the prin­ci­ples laid down by WADA dur­ing all do­mes­tic and in­ter­na­tional games played in the na­tion.

The cricket board has as­serted that it fol­lows the nec­es­sary guide­lines and none of its of­fi­cials are sup­posed to co­or­di­nate with NADA on this. “It is rel­e­vant to men­tion here that BCCI is not a Na­tional Sports Fed­er­a­tion (NSF). Ac­cord­ingly, NADA does not have ju­ris­dic­tion to con­duct dope test­ing of In­dian crick­eters in any do­mes­tic or in­ter­na­tional event or­gan­ised or un­der the aegis of BCCI,” Johri wrote in the let­ter, adding: “In light of the afore­said, there is no re­quire­ment for any BCCI of­fi­cial to co-or­di­nate with NADA for dope test­ing of In­dian crick­eters either dur­ing com­pe­ti­tions or out of com­ple­tions.”

In 2009-10 that there was a mis­un­der­stand­ing be­tween ICC and BCCI re­gard­ing an­ti­dop­ing rules. That row was specif­i­cally re­lated to the “where­abouts clause”, un­der which crick­eters were to sub­mit de­tails about where they were at any given time.

Even then un­der the pres­sure of top crick­eters like Sachin Ten­dulkar, MS Dhoni and oth­ers, BCCI re­fused to ac­cept any such sug­ges­tions. ICC of­fi­cials then rushed to Mum­bai head­quar­ters and met BCCI’s top of­fi­cials and play­ers — Dhoni, Ten­dulkar among oth­ers — to work out a so­lu­tion.

A way out was reach to by the dif­fer­ent par­ties but it was not made public, but it has been work­ing fine for last seven years or so.

DNA has learnt that ever since 2010 agree­ment, In­dian play­ers have been sub­mit­ting de­tails of their where­abouts as per the ICC Anti-Dop­ing Code un­der the WADA char­ter. That’s why Johri in Nov. 8 let­ter clar­i­fied that NADA need not test In­dian crick­eters since the board is not a Na­tional Sports Fed­er­a­tion.

“In light of the afore­said, there is no re­quire­ment for any BCCI of­fi­cial to co-or­di­nate with NADA for dope test­ing of In­dian crick­eters either dur­ing com­pe­ti­tions or out of com­ple­tions,” the let­ter stated.

What’s go­ing on

BCCI anti-dop­ing cell is led by Dr Vece Paes, a former In­dian hockey player, and his team works in close co-or­di­na­tion with the ICC anti-dop­ing depart­ment.

One of the jobs of Dr Paes and his team is to file the where­abouts de­tails of all In­dian play­ers, ir­re­spec­tive of their se­nior­ity. And if BCCI top bosses are to be be­lieved then this has been dili­gently fol­lowed since 2010 agree­ment. The sit­u­a­tion changes dur­ing the course of any ICC event where it’s an­ti­dop­ing depart­ment takes charge.

BCCI has em­ployed a Swedish agency named In­ter­na­tional Dop­ing Tests & Man­age­ment (IDTM) to col­lect sam­ples dur­ing all the do­mes­tic or In­dian Pre­mier League (IPL) matches.

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