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Thatscricket - News - SA players using drugs: Former wicket-keeper

Published: Saturday, February 10, 2001, 21:15 [IST]
 
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Johannesburg: Top South African cricketers have played international matches under the influence of drugs that enhance performance, a former international wicket-keeper has alleged.Many of these are drugs whose use would get an athlete or a rugby player banned or suspended, former wicket-keeper Ray Jennings said in an interview published in the daily newspaper Citizen."Any player can walk out there doped to the eyeballs, as there are no hard-and-fast rules governing what cricketers may or may not use," said Jennings.Jennings said he was aware that several of his country's best players had used the banned substances but escaped notice. He was reacting to Indian media reports that drugs could become as big a problem in cricket as match-fixing.The former cricketer, who coaches a provincial side, blamed the unchecked drug use on poor control measures by cricket authorities."I feel there should be drug-testing at all levels of the game, like there is in most other sports. Cricket must follow international trends and impose strict rules governing the use of drugs."Other former South African players agreed. "Steroids would enhance the performance of fast bowlers, and "uppers" in any form would help players on a long tour," said former captain Kepler Wessels.Although he did not know whether players in his days used drugs, Wessels said he could well believe it was commonplace."Most players take performance-enhancing drugs on a long tour. Whether they are caffeine-based substances contained in many energy drinks or painkillers for injuries, the drugs are there. Whether they are legal or not we don't know," former opening batsman Andrew Hudson said."There are no tests on cricketers. Even at academy level, young players use stuff like cretin just to build themselves up to match the strength and stamina of the cricketing greats."The United Cricket Board of South Africa that oversees the country's cricketing affairs has already announced measures to fight drug abuse. Contracts for national cricketers would now include a voluntary drug-testing clause.IANS

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