England cricketers` body expects positive results from drug tests

Last Updated: Aug 21, 2013, 16:19 PM IST

London: England cricketers` association has reportedly expected positive results from the drug tests to be conducted on England`s professional cricketers in the next few days.

According to The Independent, the test is a pilot project conducted by the Professional Cricketers` Association (PCA) with the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB), ahead of establishing a permanent procedure before next season.

The report further said that samples of players` hair would be taken to check the extent of recreational drug use in the game.

PCA chief executive Angus Porter admitted that he would be surprised if they got a complete clean sheet given the experience of other sports and the statistics of the age group of the to-be-tested players, adding that he expected atleast one positive test in every dressing room.

Although a positive test in the pilot will not count as a `strike` against the player, ECB`s chief medical officer Dr Nick Peirce will contact any player getting a positive result and will decide whether counseling or treatment are needed.

The tests are being conducted in strict confidence, although the general results will be released, the report added.