5-month back-dated ban on Pathan for doping violation

5-month back-dated ban on Pathan for doping violation

5-month back-dated ban on Pathan for doping violation

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has suspended former India all-rounder Yusuf Pathan for five months for an anti-doping violation.

The BCCI back-dated the suspension to August 15, 2017, which means Pathan's period of ineligibility will end on January 14.

In a statement on Tuesday, the BCCI said the 35-year-old Baroda cricketer had "inadvertently ingested a prohibited substance, which can be commonly found in cough syrups."

"Mr Pathan had provided a urine sample as part of the BCCI's anti-doping testing programme during a domestic T20 competition on 16th March 2017 in New Delhi. His sample was subsequently tested and found to contain Terbutaline. Terbutaline, a specified substance, is prohibited both in and out of competition in the WADA Prohibited List of Substances," the BCCI said.

"On 27th October 2017, Mr Pathan was charged with the commission of an Anti-Doping Rule Violation (ADRV) under the BCCI Anti-Doping Rules (ADR) Article 2.1 and provisionally suspended pending determination of the charge. Mr Pathan responded to the charge by admitting the ADRV and asserting that it was caused by his ingestion of a medication containing Terbutaline that had been mistakenly given to him instead of the medication prescribed for him, which did not contain any prohibited substance."

Pathan's case came into focus after it emerged that the Baroda Cricket Association was instructed not to select him for the recently-concluded Ranji Trophy.

The BCCI said it was "satisfied" with Pathan's explanation that he had taken Terbutaline inadvertently to treat an Upper Respiratory Tract Infection (URTI) and not as a performance-enhancing drug.

"Having considered all of the evidence and taken expert external advice, the BCCI has accepted Mr Pathan's explanation of the cause of his ADRV, and on that basis has agreed that a period of ineligibility of five months should apply, together with the disqualification of certain results."

The BCCI though added: "Under BCCI ADR Article 10.10.3, Pathan is entitled to a full credit against that period of ineligibility for the provisional suspension that he has been serving since 28 October 2017. In addition, there is discretion under BCCI ADR Article 10.10.2 to back-date the start date of the period of ineligibility still further on account of Mr Pathan's prompt admission of his ADRV upon being confronted with it by the BCCI, and under BCCI ADR Article 10.10.1 on account of the delays in the results management in this case that are not attributable to Mr Pathan. In all of the circumstances, the five-month period of ineligibility will be deemed to have started to run on 15 August 2017 and end at midnight on 14 January 2018."

Before Pathan, Delhi left-arm seamer and newly-appointed captain of the T20 squad, Pradeep Sangwan, had tested positive for a banned substance.

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