Maria Sharapova effect: ICC to conduct random dope tests during 2016 ICC World Twenty20
The ICC became a signatory of WADA in July 2006.
New Delhi: In the wake of Maria Sharapova's sensational revelation of a failed drug tests, and other recent doping claims, the International Cricket Council (ICC) has resolved to conduct random doping tests during the 2016 World Twenty20 tournament.
Tournament director MV Sridhar pointed out that the dope tests were already in place for the March-April mega tournament, but added that they would additionally conduct random tests.
He also shared that these test would be done by the ICC doping committee as per the WADA (World Anti-Doping Agency) regulations.
On Monday, tennis became the latest sport to hit by doping allegations with former World No. 1 Sharapova admitting that she has been taking meldonium since 2006 for health issues.
The world of athletics have suffered irreparable damages also, thanks to a possible widespread doping, including stat-sponsor programs, notably displayed by the recent Russian crisis.
Cricket, which many considered a sport too gentle for players to indulge in illegal performance enhancing methods, was rocked when Shane Warne tested positive for a banned drug ahead of the 2003 World Cup. He subsequently served a one-year suspension.
Besides the Australian spinning great, Pakistani pacers Shoaib Akhtar and Mohammad Asif had also faced bans after they were tested positive for a prohibited substance named nandrolone before the 2006 Champions Trophy.
Pakistan leg-spinner Yasir Shah and Sri Lankan wicketkeeper Kusal Perera had also received suspension for the same reason.
The ICC became a signatory of WADA in July 2006. And the ICC Anti-Doping Code compliant with the WADA Code ensures cricket plays its part in the global fight against drugs in sport.