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Players won’t be penalised for not submitting whereabouts info: ICC
London, AUG 13 (Agencies):
Published on 13 Aug. 2009 11:15 PM IST
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The International Cricket Council on Thursday said that no player, who has missed the deadline for agreeing to the whereabouts clause in the WADA anti-doping code, will be penalised until the ongoing row on the contentious issue with the BCCI is resolved. Indian cricketers had refused to sign the whereabouts clause, which required them to intimate the WADA officials about their exact location for each day, three months in advance. The Board of Control for Cricket in India had supported the players’ stance. After the Indian board suggested of having a separate anti-doping code for cricket, the ICC agreed that while there would be no random testing as per the clause, the players in the registered testing pool could still be subjected to out of competition testing. The ICC also formed up a working group, to negotiate with the BCCI on the issue, comprising of ICC anti-doping panel chairman Tim Kerr, ICC CEO Haroon Lorgat, secretary of BCCI N Srinivasan, principal advisor IS Bindra and former India cricketer Anil Kumble. Talking to a newspaper, WADA director-general David Howman said: “We have been engaged with the ICC for five years now. The discussions started with the ICC when Malcolm Speed was the CEO. I have had occasions to be engaged at ICC meetings and certainly my answer is yes. The ICC has been part of what we have been trying to do for some time.”

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