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ICC signs up for anti-dope laws

The International Cricket Council (ICC) has adopted the 'whereabouts' drug-testing procedure, the global governing body said Friday.

cricket Updated: Jul 17, 2010 01:01 IST

The International Cricket Council (ICC) has adopted the 'whereabouts' drug-testing procedure, the global governing body said Friday.

The new rules will come into force on August 1 and have the support of the Word Anti-Doping Agency (WADA).

In athletics, where the system was pioneered, the whereabouts rule, which requires competitors to give three months' notice of where they will be for an hour each day so they can be tested, has proved controversial.

Some athletes complained they could not know for certain where they would be that far in advance but, with the international cricket calendar revolving around series that have long been arranged, the ICC has signed up to the rule.

"The ICC whereabouts rules will strengthen our out-of-competition testing programme as we strive to ensure cricket remains drug-free," Haroon Lorgat, the ICC's chief executive said in a statement.

The ICC plans to establish an international registered testing pool (IRTP) of players who will be required to submit their 'whereabouts' information in accordance under WADA rules as well as a national player pool (NPP), for whom other 'cricket whereabouts' information will be provided.

"After a long and thorough process, we now have a tough and practical set of rules that will support our zero-tolerance approach to doping in our great sport," Lorgat said.

"Our next steps are to educate the relevant players and administrators so that they understand their responsibilities under the new rules followed by 'live' implementation shortly thereafter," the South African added.

WADA chief David Howan said: "The World Anti-Doping Agency congratulates the International Cricket Council for agreeing its new 'whereabouts rules'."It is a sign from cricket's governing body that it is serious about protecting the integrity of the sport."