WADA to conduct dope tests during Champions

Published: Saturday, September 30, 2006, 23:53 [IST]
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Mumbai: There will be random dope testing done on the players during the ICC Champions Trophy to be held at four centres in India from Oct 7 to Nov 5, said tournament director Prof Ratnakar Shetty.

Prof Shetty who is also the administrative head of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), said two players from each team would be selected randomly for the test, which will be done during the course of the tournament.

He said the ICC has issued guidelines for players who are on medication for an injury or undergoing rehab, to send the list of medicines to them for clearance. This list would be first send to the medical committee, who would clear the medications and then the list will be forwarded to the ICC for clearance of these medicines by the world body.

Prof Shetty said the samples would be send to the World Anti Doping Agency (WADA) in Kuala Lumpur for testing.

The process of collecting and testing of the samples of the players would be undertaken by the WADA, he added.

Teams to assemble in Delhi on Oct 7

The six teams, who have qualified for the Champions Trophy tournament, would arrive in Delhi on Oct 8 for a briefing with the technical committee, Tournament Director Prof Ratnakar Shetty informed.

Briefing reporters on the Champions Trophy, Prof Shetty said the four teams would be arriving in Delhi by Oct 2 as the qualifiers would start on October seven, while the main tournament will start on Oct 15. Two of the four teams playing the qualifiers, would join the six teams in the main tournament.

The six teams, after assembling in Delhi on Oct 8, would disperse to different centres where they would be playing practice matches on Oct 10. ''Practice matches would be allowed to be played only before their respective first Cup match and not after that,'' Shetty added.

India, Pakistan and England would proceed to Jaipur while Australia, New Zealand and South Africa would come to Mumbai.

India would be playing only one practice match at Jaipur before their opening fixture (vs England at Jaipur on Oct 15) as the time ''was too short,'' Shetty said.

Australia, New Zealand and South Africa would play two practice ties each in Mumbai - one each against Mumbai and one each against Baroda, Saurashtra and Maharashtra respectively. The matches are scheduled at the Wankhede Stadium and MIG ground in suburban Bandra.

''All the matches would be played as per the ICC Rules and Regulations,'' he said.

Meanwhile, Shetty also informed that the world body has also introduced an insurance scheme for all the teams by which each player is insured to the tune of $ 300,000, he said. The premium would be paid by the ICC, he added.

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