BCCI ready to assist ICC in anti-dope measures

Published: Friday, August 6, 2004, 23:53 [IST]
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Kolkata :Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) said it had taken steps against drug abuse and was ready to abide by any anti-dope measures to be adopted by the International Cricket Council (ICC).

"This is nothing new for us. We dope tested our team before the World Cup in South Africa last year," president of BCCI Jagmohan Dalmiya said in Kolkata referring to the reports that ICC was contemplating measures to prevent drug abuse in cricket.

Dalmiya said, "if ICC makes any rule (to prevent drug abuse) we will have no problem".

"In any way whatever procedures are set by the ICC we have to abide by that," Dalmiya said.

The BCCI president's comments came in the wake of reports that ICC was discussing with World Anti-Dope Agency (WADA) to formulate a comprehensive anti-drug code for all ICC meets.

Incidentally, the discussions were going on since the 2003 World Cup to put together a long-term, all encompassing policy on banned substances.

Though the problem of drug abuse in cricket was not that acute as in other sports like athletics, there have been instances of abuses with the most prominent case that of Australian leg-spinner, Shane Warne.

Apparently taking a cue from this instance the BCCI had already initiated preventive measures by putting the team through anti-dope tests before the last year's World Cup.

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