The International Cricket Council (ICC) has decided to make no change to its stand of keeping the controversial ‘whereabouts’ clause away from both in-competition and out-of-competition testing for the time being and continue discussions with the World Anti Doping Agency (WADA) to reach a common ground.
“With challenges surrounding the issue of players filing the ‘whereabouts’ information, the Board considered the matter and discussions are ongoing. The ICC maintains a zero-tolerance approach to doping and in the meantime, in-competition and out-of-competition drug testing of all international cricketers will continue as usual,” the ICC said after a meeting of its Executive Board in Johannesburg over Tuesday and Wednesday.
The BCCI were the most vocal opposition to the ‘whereabouts’ clause after a number of Indian cricketers said they were worried that the clause would lead to serious invasion of privacy issues.
Other boards too came out in support of the BCCI’s stand against the clause.
“We are continuing discussions with the WADA and want to arrive at a consensus,” ICC spokesman James Fitzgerald told the Hindustan Times. “We at the ICC decided to suspend the clause ever since the BCCI expressed reservations, it is a work in progress.”