World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) president John Fahey lamented the Indian Board’s decision and felt it should cooperate with the ICC to enforce the WADA Code.
“WADA expects that Indian cricketers and the BCCI to understand that, as the ambassadors and guardians of their sport, they have a duty to protect its integrity and will see the benefits of cooperating with the ICC to enforce the World Anti-Doping Code like the rest of the world,” Fahey told HT on Sunday.
“One of the key principles of efficient doping control is the possibility to test an athlete without advance notice, and athlete whereabouts information is crucial to ensure that surprise effect,” he said.
Since the advent of designer drugs and masking agents, which enable even banned substances to be flushed out of the system within 24-48 hours, anti-doping agents have been trying to catch athletes off-guard and that has prompted out-of-competition tests.
As to the necessity for such a stringent measure, Fahey believed it was the only way to tackle the menace of drugs in sport. “Out-of-competition doping controls are one of the most powerful means of deterrence and detection of doping,” said the WADA chief.