Doping expert accuses PCB of violating ICC code

Published: Monday, October 23, 2006, 23:53 [IST]
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Lahore:The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has violated the ICC Anti-doping Code by revealing the names of Mohammad Asif and Shoaib Akhtar in the drug scandal before the compeletion of a formal hearing, claims the President of Sports Medicine Association of Pakistan (SMAP).

Dr Danish Zaheer reportedly told Voice of America (VOA) that the players' names should have been guarded as is clearly stated in the ICC code and the PCB has committed a major violation by making them public.

''Neither the ICC nor its Members shall publicly identify cricket players whose samples have resulted in adverse analytical findings, or who were alleged to have violated other clauses of the Anti Doping Code, until it has been determined in a hearing in accordance with the clause 8 that an ADC violation has occurred, or such hearing has been waived, or the assertion of the ADC violation has not been timely challenged or the cricketer has been previously suspended.''

''Once a violation of the ADC has been established, it will be publicly reported within 20 days,'' reads the clause as told by Dr Zaheer to VOA.

Shoaib and Asif tested positive for banned anabolic steroid nandrolone in tests conducted by PCB after which they were withdrawn from Pakistan's team for the ongoing Champions Trophy in India.

Both the bowlers have denied ever knowingly taking drugs and their case is being heard by a three-member doping tribunal of the PCB. The duo was asked to submit written statements before being chargesheeted by the tribunal yesterday.


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