"The ICC is aware of an adverse analytical finding (AAF) from the recently-concluded Indian Premier League (IPL) Twenty20 league," sport's world governing body said in a statement issued here on Monday.
The ICC said it had been informed of the positive dope test, speculated to be of a sub-continental fast bowler, by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) accredited laboratory where the randomly-collected samples were tested.
"When an AAF arises, the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) accredited laboratory that has tested the sample sends a report to the commissioning body (IPL) and copies in WADA and the International Federation, in this case the ICC."
"As with any AAF that arises during a testing programme organised by one of the ICC's Members, it is the responsibility of that Member, in this case the BCCI, to deal with the process in a timely and fair manner," the ICC statement read.
The ICC said it would keep a close eye on the way BCCI handles the matter to ensure that the guilty player is brought to book.
"The ICC is proud of its status as a WADA signatory and will be closely monitoring the situation to ensure the correct action is taken by the BCCI. The ICC retains a right of appeal if any penalty that may be imposed is inconsistent with the WADA Code."
Guess Who?: The random tests were conducted on 14 players by the WADA-accredited Swiss agency during the latter half of the IPL. Some of the pacers from sub-continent who underwent tests were Mohd Asif-who has a known history of substance abuse, Manpreet Gony, Umar Gul, Agarkar and some players from catchment areas. However Akhtar was not picked for any test, claim PCB sources. Now, your guess on the player in question is as good as mine...
thatsCricket (with inputs from ICC's official website)