Doping violations have now become one of the most common things in sports. While natural fitness is the way to go to keep themselves in shape, a few athletes or cricketers resort to consuming some illegal drugs to do the same. As a result, they end up losing a few precious years of their career.
The cricketing boards have indeed come hard on their decisions to consume prohibited drugs and have slapped lengthy bans as punishments. Not only talented cricketers end up losing a few years of their professional career, but also their reputations, impeding their chance of returning. Over the years, a few too many men have become victims of doping violations.
We take a look at ten famous cricketers who copped a ban for doping violation:
Former Sri Lanka opener Upul Tharanga was arguably an accomplished opener and played nearly 300 games for the national team during his 14-year career. Upul Tharanga’s strongest suit was One-day international cricket, in which he made almost 7000 runs in 235 games. But the southpaw found himself in the middle of controversy during the 2011 World Cup.
Upul Tharanga failed a drug test during the global event. But the ICC declared that the opening batsman’s offence was not a deliberate one and banned him for three months. The 36-year old apologized to the fans for his inadvertent mistake and hopes for future players to learn from his mistake.