Indian cricketers in revolt against WADA rule

Published: Thursday, July 30, 2009, 10:28 [IST]
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Indians say no to  WADA rule

New Delhi: The World Anti-Doping Agency's controversial "WADA"rule , which has been adopted by the ICC, suffered a fresh setback yesterday after Indian cricketers criticised it.

Indian cricketers said that there were "numerous issues that remain problematic" about the rule. They also claimed that it infringes their human rights and could break privacy laws.

As per this rule the cricketers are required to provide additional information about their whereabouts throughout the year in order that the ICC can implement an effective out-of-competition testing program in line with the requirements of the WADA code."

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This is is indeed a stupid rule. How can we say where we will be after 2 months? The problem is during the off-seasons. We have several family and social comittments off the field and at times, we also go for vacations. If the WADA people come and find that we are not there, it will be a problem for sure. We can't sign just like that," a player said on Wednesday.

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"We have no problem if doping tests are conducted on us, but we have to have a free hand on where we want to go. That is why all the cricketers are not willing to sign and even the BCCI is there with us. You test us when we are playing and we have no problems with it," a senior crickter said.

The contraversial rule has become a head ache to BCCI officals and they have called for an urgent meeting to sort out this thorny issue. ICC has instructed all cricketet boards to ask their players to fill the "whereabouts update form" by August 1. Indian players have to submit details of their whereabouts from August 1 to October 31.


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