WADA report: Yusuf Pathan only blot in otherwise dope free year for BCCI

Yusuf Pathan’s “inadvertent” violation was the lone blot on Indian cricket’s doping record last year, a WADA report has revealed after a scrutiny of 275 samples by the BCCI.

While the WADA report does not name anyone, the player in question is former India player Yusuf Pathan, who was handed a retrospective ban of five months by the BCCI, that ended before this year’s IPL. (File Photo)   -  PTI

Yusuf Pathan’s “inadvertent” violation was the lone blot on Indian cricket’s doping record last year, a WADA report has revealed after a scrutiny of 275 samples by the BCCI.

While the WADA report does not name anyone, the player in question is former India player Yusuf Pathan, who was handed a retrospective ban of five months by the BCCI, that ended before this year’s IPL.

According to the BCCI statement issued back then, Pathan senior had “inadvertently ingested a prohibited substance commonly found in cough syrups”. Pathan’s backdated suspension was from August 15, 2017, to January 14, 2018.

READ: Fighting a losing battle

While Pathan’s is the only Adverse Analytical Finding (AAF), there are also a couple of Atypical Findings (ATF), which suggests that there must have been some suspicion about the urine sample of two players.

Whether there are any foreign players among the two in the ATF category couldn’t be ascertained. According to the WADA report, out of the 275 samples tested during 2017, 233 were In Competition (IC) testing while 42 were Out Of Competition (OOC).

For 2016, it was former New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum, who had tested positive during IPL, but BCCI had then procured a backdated TUE (Therapeutic Use Exemption) certificate for the player and the case was closed.

ALSO READ: Yusuf: 'I am happy that the Board gave me a chance to bounce back'

In 2018, there is a positive dope test and that is of the First-Class cricketer from Punjab, Abhishek Gupta, who is currently serving his suspension.

The BCCI does not come under the ambit of National Anti-Doping Agency (NADA) and its testing is done by Sweden’s IDTM (International Doping Test & Management).

However, in the WADA list, it is reported that NADA had conducted 10 In Competition Testing in 2017. While NADA DG Naveen Agarwal was unavailable for a comment, the tests are probably done in tournaments which are not recognised by the BCCI.

The world cricket also had a nearly dope free year with 389 cricketers being tested by ICC with only a positive result being of Afghanistan all-rounder Mohammad Shahzad. Among 389, there were 149 IC testing and 214 OOC, besides 26 blood sample collection.