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Cricketers oppose WADA's whereabouts rule

cricket Updated: May 24, 2010 17:42 IST

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The International Cricket Council should address India's concerns about WADA's whereabouts rule, the anti-doping agency's director general David Howman said.

Indian cricketers last year refused to meet a WADA deadline to comply to the rule, saying it intruded on their privacy and was a potential security risk. In October, the ICC suspended the clause until the Indian players' concerns were sorted out. "We know some people are scared (about the clause)," the Press Trust of India news agency quoted Howman as saying. "But one needs to understand that it's the international federation (ICC) which ultimately has to look into and address the concerns of the national federations."

Howman is in India to attend the seventh Asia-Oceania intergovernmental meeting on anti-doping in sports. The controversial whereabouts rule requires elite athletes to make themselves available for out-of-competition testing for one hour a day, 365 days a year.

Shashank Manohar, the president of the Board Of Control For Cricket In India, said last year that India was committed to ensuring cricket was a drug-free sport and would sort out the issue amicably with the ICC.