Cricketers are different from others, says Yuvraj

Published: Thursday, August 6, 2009, 11:36 [IST]
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Cricketers are different, says Yuvraj

Mumbai: According to Yuvraj Singh, cricketers are different from other sports persons in India because they are playing to a cramped calendar  and that makes it necessary for them to guard their privacy in a brief off-season.

This is the reason why cricketers refuse to sign 'Whereabouts Clause of the WADA anti-doping code which requires athletes to furnish their location three months in advance for out of competition tests.

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Prominent sports personalities including Olympic medalist Abhinav Bindra have ridiculed the cricketers' privacy and security apprehensions with regards to the Whereabouts Clause of the WADA.

Yuvi feels that athletes are free to say their opinions but that doesn't mean that cricketers concerns were not without basis either.

"After nine months of playing, we come home for just 10 days. We don't want somebody to intrude our privacy for dope tests during that small period. We have put out our points in front of the BCCI and they will speak to the ICC," he added.

Indian vice-captain said athletes from other sports don't have to travel abroad as much as the cricketers have to.

"Their sports and our sport is different. We play more and we get very little time with our families. They have their opinions but we have our concerns and we have conveyed them," he said.


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