No penalty for not signing WADA clause, says ICC

Published: Thursday, August 13, 2009, 11:41 [IST]
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'No penalty for not signing WADA clause'

Dubai: The International Cricket Committee has made it clear that no player in the International Registered Testing Pool (IRTP) will be punished in case they miss the August 1 deadline for submitting the 'whereabouts' information until the BCCI discuss the controversial issue with ICC.

Eleven Indian cricketers refused to fill the 'whereabouts' information after the BCCI rejected the WADA clause, which makes it necessary for the players to give details about their availability for one hour every day between 6 am and 11 pm for random out-of-competition testing by WADA officials.

ICC sources said that all players in the IRTP were still governed by the anti-doping code and they could be subjected to tests at any time even without signing the 'whereabout' clause.

The Indian players on the IRTP list are: Sachin Tendulkar, M.S. Dhoni, Virender Sehwag, Yuvraj Singh, Harbhajan Singh, Zaheer Khan, Gautam Gambhir, Irfan Pathan and Munaf Patel. The women"s team members Jhulan Goswami and Mithali Raj are also in the list.

The ICC held a meeting of the IRTP working group which was attended by by Tim Kerr, chairman of ICC anti-doping panel, ICC chief executive Haroon Lorgat, BCCI secretary N Srinivasan, ICC principal advisor IS Bindra and former India captain Anil Kumble.


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