The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) will now come under the ambit of the National Anti-Doping Agency (NADA) as India’s cricketer will now be tested by NADA.
The decision has been made after the upcoming batsman of India Prithvi Shaw who was suspended till November 15 after his urine sample tested positive for the substance Terbutaline.
According to a press release issued by BCCI, it said, “Inadvertently ingested a prohibited substance which can be commonly found in cough syrups.” But Shaw’s ban was backdated to March 16 even though he played for Delhi Capitals in the Indian Premier League till May 8.
BCCI has avoided using NADA for long to test its cricketers because the Indian cricket board is not very impressed with the efficiencies of the NADA.
BCCI anti-doping manager Abhijit Salvi, while quoted by a news agency said that if they would have been happy with NADA’s performance then BCCI would not have had an issue. He said, “I am sure you have read reports as well about NADA’s inefficiencies.”
However, Sports Secretary RS Julaniya said that the BCCI now does have the discretion to say no as all are same and everyone has to follow the same rules.