The third Test of the five-match series between hosts India and England will be under International Cricket Council (ICC) scanner.
It has nothing to do with spat between England’s Ben Stokes and Indian skipper Virat Kohli, but world governing body in cricket is expected to conduct a random dope test in its efforts to fight against doping in sports.
Signatory to World Anti Doping Agency (WADA) code in 2006, ICC makes efforts to keep the game of cricket free from doping.
According to sources, at least four players, including two from home team would be picked up for testing.
ICC didn’t conduct any dope test in the opening two Tests at Rajkot and Vishakapatnam, but selected Mohali. The fourth Test will be held at Mumbai, while Chennai is the venue for fifth Test.
Unlike athletics and weightlifting, two Olympics disciplines hit hard by doping, there have been fewer cases in cricketing world, most recent being Sri Lankan wicketkeeper Kusal Perera, he was recently suspended for four years for failing drug test.
On the home soil, Pradeep Sangwan of Kolkata Knight Riders failed dope test for banned drugs during sixth edition of Indian Premier League in 2013.
After five Test match series, that concludes at Chennai on December 16, both India and England would play three-match ODI series followed by three T20 match series.
Random dope test might also be conducted during ODI series and T20, said an official on condition of anonymity.