The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and the International Cricket Council (ICC) will have to find a way out to tackle the reluctance of players to sign a form mandatory according to the World Anti-doping Agency (WADA) rules.
A WADA spokesman told HT via e-mail that there would be no compromise on anti-doping Codes. “WADA expects enforcement and compliance from all stakeholders (signatories of the Code). All Olympic and IOC-recognised international federations (including the ICC), have adopted the code. There is no exception.”
To a query whether WADA would relax the ‘whereabouts’ clause after some Indian cricketers joined the worldwide protest against it, the spokesman said: “The ICC has adopted the WADA Code and is responsible for implementing the Code, including whereabouts.
“We’ll look at how the whereabouts system is practically enforced by Code signatories and assess the situation later this year. Since this is a work in progress, WADA wouldn’t like to get into more details.”
On whether a national cricket board comes under its National Anti-Doping Organization (NADO), WADA said: “Each NADO and international federation is responsible for determining which athletes to include in its respective registered testing pool.”