The BCCI will work for a mutually acceptable solution to resolve a contentious anti-doping clause, which India’s top players have refused to sign, when its Working Committee assembles for an emergency meeting in Mumbai tomorrow.
The players are reluctant to sign the controversial ‘Whereabouts Requirements´ clause of the anti-doping code which, they claim, infringes on their privacy.
The BCCI officials are not willing to go on a collision course with the ICC on the issue and are keen to thrash out a solution which is acceptable to all.
The BCCI will be heavily relying on the ICC’s legal expert Iain Higgins to brief the players and clarify some of the contentious points in the WADA code.
“We are keen to find a solution to the problem. The players have certain reservations about the code and we need to clarify all the points. The ICC lawyer’s presence will help in removing some of the doubts,” a top BCCI official said.
“There is absolutely no confrontation between the ICC and the BCCI on this issue. There are also no differences with the players. It is just a matter of getting some clarity on some of the clauses. We are hopeful of working out a solution,” the official said.
Since the Indian players have failed to adhere to the July 31 deadline to sign the form, the BCCI will also have to try and ensure that the players are not penalised for missing the deadline.