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ICC breaks WADA; gets own Anti-Doping code

Zeecric Bureau

Kolkata: The much debated whereabouts clause controversy by World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) came to an end with the International Cricket Council (ICC) fabricating its own version of the policy. Although the adopted code is a clone to the WADA guidelines, the whereabouts clause is where the changes have been made.

The move came in as a major sigh of relief for Indian players who had vehemently denied disclosing their location to WADA throughout the year citing security and privacy grounds. The BCCI had flexed all their muscle power behind their star players who refused to tow the line.

The new code has been unanimously welcomed by all the cricket boards of the world as the dilution of the whereabouts clause was something that benefited all cricketing nations.

As per the newly christened ICC code, the contentious ‘whereabouts clause’ will be applicable in only four cases:

1) If a player has been found guilty of doping, he/concerned Board has to give his daily whereabouts to the ICC.

2) When two or more teams are involved in a bilateral or a tri-series, it would be the duty of the concerned boards to provide all details about their teams (right from flight nos, hotel stay, practice and match schedules, tour itinerary and even transit stay etc) to the anti-doping arm of the ICC.

3) If a player is injured and remains unfit for more than three months (180 days), he/his Board will be obliged to update his whereabouts on a daily basis till such time he is declared fit.

4) If a player named in ICC`s testing pool is dropped and not picked for three months at a stretch, the onus will be on the concerned Board to have him tested, if needed.

It has been learnt that the new code will take effect from August 1. The flip side of the adoption of a new code without WADA is that the ICC will stay away from all events organised by the IOC (Olympic Games, Commonwealth Games and Asian Games).

However, individual Boards would be free to send their teams to these events, if the governments of their respective countries insist on it.

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