The National Anti Doping Agency will start testing the Indian players during the Duleep trophy. The players under Board of Control for Cricket in India will be tested for the next Duleep Trophy match in Bangalore. In fact, the Indian board wants doctors as Lead Dope Control Officers (DCOs).
The Cricket Operations General Manager Saba Karim and head of anti-doping unit recently met with NADA officials to discuss the future plans. BCCI had recently come under the wings of NADA.
BCCI has joined hands with NADA.
“We are looking forward towards commencing this partnership soon beginning from Duleep Trophy, the NADA had announced after the meeting.”
In fact, there are fewer chances that NADA will go on to test the players for the first match of the Duleep Trophy between India Blue and India Green. However, there are good chances the anti-doping body will carry out Tests on August 23 for the next match.
The first tests will take place on August 23.
“The Duleep Trophy has already started and probably they will be coming for later matches. They haven’t specified whether they are planning target testing or random testing. It is expected there will be a few tests done on match days (in-competition),” Salvi told.
Abhijit Salvi stated the concerns they had with NADA and confirmed that the body assured them about the quality of Dope Control Officers.
BCCI is happy with the whole process.
“Our primary concern was about the quality of Dope Control Officers (DCOs) and time is taken for disposal of cases. NADA has assured us about both. What we have requested is that we would like DCOs assigned for BCCI tests to be registered medical practitioners (MBBS) with knowledge of anti-doping,” Salvi said.
Meanwhile, BCCI had carried 275 tests during the last season. India’s prodigy batsman Prithvi Shaw was tested positive when he inadvertently took the cough syrup. The syrup contained a banned substance Terbutaline. Thus, Shaw was banned for eight months and can return to action on 15 November. Subsequently, it is crucial for BCCI to handle young players with guile.