Cricketers perhaps believe they have voiced a concern shared by the sporting fraternity at large by refusing to comply with the World Anti-Doping Agency’s ‘whereabouts’ clause.
That’s what India pacer Zaheer Khan said on Monday. “A lot of athletes around the world have problems with the clause, and I am glad that we have voiced the concern,” Khan said.
Answering a question about what the cricketers’ stand would be in case the ICC and the WADA refused to waive the clause, the paceman put the ball in the BCCI’s court, saying they would comply with whatever the BCCI decided.
Khan also didn’t sound too disappointed at missing out on the upcoming Champions Trophy because of his injury.
“We just can’t wish away injuries. They are part and parcel of the sports, and one just has to be patient. As far as I am concerned, it’s certainly not a setback for me; I am actually viewing it as an opportunity to come back stronger and fitter,” he said. And one can’t help but agree with him, for he returned as a much-improved bowler from his last injury.
He was also confident of the Indian team’s ability to take his absence in its stride and do well. “Now we have quite a few bowlers who can shoulder the responsibility when someone’s not available. Ishant has been bowling really well, and Ashish Nehra has also returned. So, our bowling department is quite robust and can handle any challenge,” Khan said.
The bowler said he would leave for South Africa soon to continue with his rehab programme.
“I have an intensive rehab schedule lined up, and I hope to return as soon as possible,” he said.
The India pace spearhead was also full of praise for talent hunt contests. “These contests give a platform for the boys from smaller towns to get noticed,’ he said.