ICC special panel to meet Indian cricketers on September 5

The panel, which includes India’s former Test captain Anil Kumble, will discuss the cricketers’ concerns about the ‘whereabout’ clause, which they have refused to sign citing security risk and breach of privacy.

“Confirming the scope of the group and a date for the meeting represents a successful start and we can now get on with addressing the outstanding practical issues of the Indian players,” International Cricket Council Chief Executive Haroon Lorgat in a statement on Wednesday evening.

“All sides are committed to a zero tolerance approach to the issue of anti-doping and there was a spirit of cooperation on the call that augurs well for next month’s meeting,” he added.

WADA Director General David Howman also took part in an independent advisory capacity, among other members of the panel on Wednesday evening.

The panel -- International Registered Testing Pool (IRTP) Working Group -- chaired by Tim Kerr QC, also includes BCCI Honorary Secretary N Srinivasan, ICC Principal Advisory Inderjit Singh Bindra and Lorgat.

It was also decided that WADA will make an official available, either in person or by telephone, during next month’s group meeting.

The group also confirmed its terms of reference to address the BCCI’s specific objections to the ICC Anti-Doping Code’s ‘whereabouts’ requirements so that India players can obtain the necessary comfort to meet their requirements under the code as quickly as possible.

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