Indian Cricketer test positive for banned substance after WADA report

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Unnamed player tests positive amongst the 153 BCCI registered players players who were tested

The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) 2016 report has been released and has revealed how one Indian cricketer who has yet to be named has been tested positive for banned substances among the 153 BCCI accredited players tested.

This is the second instance an Indian cricketer has been tested positive for banned substances, after former Indian U-19 player Pradeep Sangwan tested positive.

Sangwan who played in the global Indian Premier League tournament which is littered with the biggest names in cricket, for Kolkata Knight Riders in 2013 when he tested positive during that year’s IPL.

According to the 2016 Anti-Doping Testing Figures, 138 cricketers registered under BCCI were tested ‘In Competition’ (IC) in which one cricketer has tested positive. It could be concluded that the cricketer in question has tested positive during a BCCI domestic event like Ranji Trophy, Duleep Trophy, IPL or Irani Trophy – as it has happened ‘In Competition’.

It is yet known whether the player is an international or has represented India internationally, but it is definite that it didn’t take place during an ICC event as usually the world cricket’s governing body would mandatorily release a press media release.

There were 15 ‘Out of Competition’ (OOC) tests conducted during the same period in which all results were negative. When BCCI was contacted about the identity of the cricketer, a top BCCI official, who handles the specific domain told PTI: “We haven’t received any report from the WADA as of now, so we are not in a position to reveal the name of the cricketer.”

The report states that one urine sample has ‘Adverse Analytical Findings (AAF)’, which means that the athlete in question has tested positive. None of the BCCI accreditated cricketers’ blood samples have been tested.

In 2016, ICC has carried out 561 tests with 244 In- Competition (IC) where there 1 Adverse Analytical Finding (AAF) a 1 Atypical Findings. They also conducted 317 Out of Competition. Similarly, Pakistan Cricket Board has no positive tests among the 52 tested while Bangladesh’s 24 tests have come negative.

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