ICC to carry ran­dom dope tests at World T20

The Pak Banker - - MARKETS/SPORTS -

ICC World Twenty20 tour­na­ment orga nis­ers said they will carry out ran­dom dope tests, fol­low­ing a ser ies of drug scan­dals that have blighted the sports world in­clud­ing Maria Sha rapova's shock rev­e­la­tion.

Dop­ing has been ram­pant in the field of ath­let­ics and this week ten­nis' poster girl Shara­pova ad­mit­ted to be­ing tested pos­i­tive for the re­cently banned drug mel­do­nium at the Aus­tralian Open. Cricket saw the ugly face of dop­ing when Aus­tralian spin leg­end Shane Warne tested pos­i­tive for a banned drug just ahead of the 2003 World Cup and was sus­pended for a year.

The or­gan­is­ers of the sixth edi­tion of the World Twenty20 want to make sure that the event stays clear of the dop­ing men­ace.

"Dope tests are al­ready in place. Ran­dom tests will hap­pen dur­ing the event," tour­na­ment di­rec­tor M.V. Srid­har, who is In­dian cricket board's gen­eral man­ager for cricket op­er­a­tions, said. Boast­ing of be­ing cricket's big­gest ever spec­ta­cle, the 27-day tour­na­ment is wit­ness­ing 16 teams play 58 matches, in­clud­ing 35 men's games and 23 women's fix­tures, across eight In­dian venues. Or­gan­is­ers in­sist that the ran­dom checks will keep the play­ers away from in­dulging in any dope ac­tiv­ity. "The tests will be done by the In­ter­na­tional Cricket Coun­cil anti-dop­ing com­mit­tee as per the WADA [World Anti-Dop­ing Agency] code," Srid­har said.

"Like in any bi­lat­eral se­ries on the morn­ing of the match the man­agers of the two teams will ex­change the names of two play­ers from their sides to be tested and their sam­ple will be taken in the evening," he added.

The ICC has been a sig­na­tory to the WADA code since 2006 and has been com­ply­ing by the in­ter­na­tional agency's pro­gram by up­grad­ing the clauses ev­ery year.

CEO Dave Richard­son has pre­vi­ously said the ICC will con­tinue ran­dom dop­ing play­ers of any team as they want to see that the game is clean. Last year, Pak­istan leg-spin­ner Yasir Shah and Sri Lankan wicket-keeper Kusal Perera also saw sus­pen­sions by their re­spec­tive boards and ICC af­ter test­ing pos­i­tive for banned drugs.

While Yasir was banned for three months in Jan­uary for breach­ing ICC's anti-dop­ing code, Perera faces a four-year ban af­ter his pro­vi­sional sus­pen­sion ends.

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