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ICC to support WADA in its fight against PCB

Though ICC is not in a postion to challenge the exoneration of Shoaib and Asif, it endorses WADA efforts.

india Updated: Dec 18, 2006 21:25 IST

The International Cricket Council on Monday said that it would support any move by the World Anti-Doping Agency to contest the exoneration of Pakistani pacemen Shoaib Akhtar and Mohammad Asif from doping charges in the Court of Arbitration for Sports.

ICC Chief Executive Malcolm Speed said though it was legally not in a position to challenge the decision of the appeals commission of the Pakistan Cricket Board to clear the players of doping charges, it endorsed any move from WADA to do this.

"We acknowledge the position of WADA and at the same time reiterate our commitment to the WADA anti-doping code," Speed said in a statement.

"Our lawyers have examined the finding of the PCB (appeals commission) and do not believe the ICC has a right of appeal but we will cooperate with WADA and provide it with any assistance it requires," he said.

The decision by the appeals tribunal earlier this month to exonerate the two players has drawn a lot of criticism since Shoaib and Asif were banned for two and one years by another inquiry panel of the board only a month back in November.

The two were called back from the Champions Trophy in India after it emerged that they had tested positive in out of competition tests conducted by PCB in October.

WADA's Dick Pound has said the decision to exonerate the two players by the appeals tribunal was not in keeping with the WADA code specially after the two had accepted their positive tests and did not ask for their B samples to be tested.

First Published: Dec 18, 2006 21:25 IST