The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has finally agreed to come under the ambit of the National Anti-Doping Agency (NADA). The decision has ended the years of defiance from the BCCI over not complying with NADA. The pressure had increased on the Indian cricket board in the wake of Prithvi Shaw‘s positive drug test that led to a backdated suspension of eight months.
Shaw was tested in February, his results returned positive in May, but he received the ban in July, half of which was retrospective. During that period, Shaw had played the IPL and the T20 Mumbai League. Apart from the BCCI, every other cricket body in the world complies with its national anti-doping body, which in turn complies with the world body, World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA).
Previous reports suggest that BCCI had told ICC and WADA that it does not trust NADA. The BCCI had also claimed that it is an autonomous body, not a National Sports Federation and does not rely on government funding. But the sports ministry remained firm on their instance of including BCCI under the NADA ambit.
Sports Secretary Radheshyam Jhulaniya on Friday confirmed that the BCCI has accepted to comply with NADA. Jhulaniya, who met BCCI CEO Rahul Johri on Friday, said the Board has given in writing that it would adhere to the anti-doping policy of NADA.
“All cricketers will now be tested by NADA,” Jhulaniya told PTI.
“The BCCI raised three issues before us about the quality of the dope testing kits, competence of pathologists and sample collection. We assured them that whatever facilities they want, we will provide but there will be some charge for it. BCCI is no different from others,” he added.