Of late, suspensions, ban, dope tests are making the headlines often than not. Meanwhile, WADA report indicates only one blot in the register in otherwise a dope-free year for the Board of Control for Cricket in India.

Last year, the swashbuckling hitter, Yusuf Pathan has been the only candidate to be registered on the WADA report. He was tested positive in the dope test and was subsequently, banned for a year.

The veteran Indian cricketer was handed a retrospective ban of five months by the BCCI.  The ban was ended in January which made him available for Indian Premier League 2018. He was bought by Sunrisers Hyderabad to his base price.

Yusuf Pathan
Yusuf Pathan (Picture Source – The Hindu)

According to the WADA report, out of the 275 samples tested during 2017, 233 were In Competition (IC) testing while 42 were Out Of Competition (OOC).

Two suspicions unnamed:

Yusuf Pathan served the ban from August 15th 2017 to January 18th 2018. Apart from him, there are other two suspicions in Atypical Findings (ATF). The both players’ doubt arose after their urine samples.

However, the respective officials haven’t named the suspicion players who might also be foreigners as well. Earlier, in 2016, New Zealand’s former skipper, Brendon McCullum was found positive in the dope test.

Coming to the current year, it was again one dope positive has been registered. The Punjab cricketer Abhishek Gupta has been handed 1-year ban for testing positive in dope Test.

The International Cricket also saw only one dope violation in the previous year. Afghanistan’s opening batsman, Mohammed Shahzad was tested positive and was handed one-year ban.

Shahzad has been the only cricketer to be found in the 389-sample collection. If not Shahzad, it could have been a dope-free year at ICC register as well. However, the rate decreased dramatically.