ICC to conduct random dope tests during the World T20
The World T20 organizers have signaled that they can carry some random dope tests, especially after the recent scandal involving Maria Sharapova where she has tested positive in a drug test.
The Russian tennis star, Maria Sharapova revealed recently that she has been tested positive for taking a banned drug meldonium at the Australian Open.
Cricket is not an exception, history has seen some cricketers getting ban for taking banned substances, the names that pop up in mind are of Aussie veteran leg spinner Shane Warne and Pakistani fast bowling duo of Shoaib Akhtar and Mohammad Asif.
The organizers are looking to conduct a clean tournament from such accidents that brings bad name to the sport.
The tournament director and the BCCI General Manager, M V Sridar said, “Dope tests are already in place. Random tests will happen during the event,”
These dope tests are going to be conducted according to the guidelines set by WADA (World Anti-Doping Agency). The ICC is being a signatory to the WADA code for the past ten years. They have been implementing the code set by WADA and regularly upgrade the clauses every year.
These random doping tests are being conducted to keep the sport clean, as per Dave Richardson, the CEO of the International Cricket Council.
Pakistan’s spin sensation, Yasir Shah and Sri Lanka’s aggressive wicketkeeper batsman, Kushal Parera were recently tested positive in a dope test. Shah was was banned for three months, whereas, Parera was imposed a four year ban after his provisional suspension ends.