Shashank Manohar, president of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), emphatically stated that the Board was not looking for a confrontation with the International Cricket Council (ICC) over the anti-doping code.
A day before the BCCI’s Working Committee meets in Mumbai — a meeting that will include ICC representatives and Indian cricketers — it appeared as though all concerned parties were keen to find a solution.
“We hope to work out the best possible solution that’s mutually acceptable,” Manohar said to Cricinfo. “Our players have concerns about the security and privacy aspects regarding certain clauses in the WADA code. We have conveyed these concerns to the ICC and we will work out a solution.”
Haroon Lorgat, chief executive of the ICC, sought to clear whatever doubts the players may have. “I understand that there will be some concerns and reservations from all players and I am sure they feel that those concerns are genuine.”
The Federation of International Cricketers’ Associations, which the BCCI doesn’t recognise, has said that the ICC should either penalise India’s players if they don’t fall in line or revoke the anti-doping code for the entire cricketing community. “If the ICC is unable to convince Indian players to provide this information, it will find itself in a difficult situation because their universal policy will not be adhered to by all countries,” said FICA president Tim May.
“If Indian players do not have to comply or don’t suffer penalties we will certainly be ensuring that ICC lift this obligation from the rest of the teams.”