Kolkata: The International Cricket Council(ICC) has formulated its own Anti-Doping Policy that is something similar to World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) code, but but only flirts with the contentious 'whereabouts clause'.
This means now the players don't have to disclose about their whereabouts to the WADA agents. The ICC anti-doping code does not require a player to disclose their whereabouts when a he is on a holiday.
But the latest movement by the ICC is likely to delay cricket's entry in the Olympic arena.
“It's time for the ICC to give the "final push" and convince its member boards, including BCCI, to accept the vexed 'whereabouts' clause by November 2011," a WADA official was earlier quoted by a news agency.
The Indian cricketers had last year opposed the WADA whereabouts clause which demanded the athletes in the common testing pool to furnish details of their whereabouts three months in advance to the anti-doping authorities.
The Policy is set to take effect from August 1, 2010. Before that, the ICC, of course, needs to name its testing pool which will comprise a maximum of 11 players (5 batsmen, 5 bowlers and one wicketkeeper) from each nation as per the ICC ODI rankings. The list will be revised from time to time by the ICC to bring more players under the testing scheme.