Yusuf Pathan suspended for doping violation

India discard Yusuf Pathan has been suspended for a doping violation. The big-hitting batsman, who has been out of India reckoning for long, had inadvertently ingested a prohibited substance, which can be commonly found in cough syrups.

Yusuf had provided a urine sample as part of the BCCI’s anti-doping testing programme during a domestic T-20 competition on March 16, last year in New Delhi.   -  B. JOTHI RAMALINGAM

India discard Yusuf Pathan has been suspended for a doping violation. The big-hitting batsman, who has been out of India reckoning for long, had inadvertently ingested a prohibited substance, which can be commonly found in cough syrups.

Yusuf had provided a urine sample as part of the BCCI’s anti-doping testing programme during a domestic T-20 competition on March 16, last year in New Delhi. His sample was subsequently tested and found to contain Terbutaline — a specified substance, which is prohibited both in and out of competition in the WADA Prohibited List of Substances.

On October 27, last year, Yusuf was charged with the commission of an Anti-Doping Rule Violation (ADRV) under the BCCI Anti-Doping Rules (ADR) Article 2.1 and provisionally suspended pending determination of the charge. The batsman responded to the charge by admitting the ADRV and asserting that it was caused by his ingestion of a medication containing Terbutaline that had been mistakenly given to him instead of the medication prescribed for him, which did not contain any prohibited substance.

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In a release issued on Tuesday, BCCI acting secretary, Amitabh Choudhary, admitted that the BCCI is satisfied with Yusuf’s explanation that he had taken Terbutaline inadvertently to treat an Upper Respiratory Tract Infection (URTI) and not as a performance-enhancing drug. “Having considered all of the evidence and taken expert external advice, the BCCI has accepted Mr Pathan’s explanation of the cause of his ADRV, and on that basis has agreed that a period of ineligibility of five months should apply, together with the disqualification of certain results,” the statement read.

“Under BCCI ADR Article 10.10.3, Yusuf is entitled to the full credit against that period of ineligibility for the provisional suspension that he has been serving since 28 October last year. In addition, there is discretion under BCCI ADR Article 10.10.2 to back-date the start date of the period of ineligibility still further on account of Yusuf’s prompt admission of his ADRV upon being confronted with it by the BCCI, and under BCCI ADR Article 10.10.1 on account of the delays in the results management in this case that are not attributable to Yusuf,” the statement added. In all of the circumstances, the five-month period of ineligibility will be deemed to have started to run on August, 15 last year and end at midnight on 14 January this year.

“The BCCI has a zero-tolerance approach towards doping in Cricket. All Cricketers are personally responsible for ensuring that anything they eat, drink or put in their body does not give rise to an ADRV under the BCCI Anti-Doping Code. The BCCI provides a dedicated 24X7 Anti-Doping Helpline where the Cricketers and Cricket support personnel can contact for any drug queries,” the statement read.