BCCI (The Board of Control for Cricket in India) has suspend former Indian All-Rounder Yusuf Pathan for a time interval of 5 months for failing a dope test.
After informing Baroda Cricket Association not to select Yusuf Pathan for the recently concluded Ranji Trophy, released a statement Tuesday revealing that the 35-year-old had “inadvertently ingested a prohibited substance, which can be commonly found in cough syrups.”
As per the rules set in place by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), the suspension came into effect from 15 August 2017, effectively meaning it will end on 14 January 2018. The BCCI has no say in this, coming as it did from WADA.
Pathan was quick to admit his mistake & said that he should have checked the status of the medications with BCCI’s dedicated Anti-Doping Helpline.
“In hindsight, I should have been more careful and checked the status of the medications with BCCI’s dedicated Anti-Doping Helpline,” Pathan said in a statement on Tuesday.
“Competing for India and my home state Baroda has been a matter of immense pride and encouragement for me and I would never act in any manner to bring my motherland or Baroda, in any kind of disrepute,” he added.
— Yusuf Pathan (@iamyusufpathan) January 9, 2018
The BCCI gave details of the violation adding that they are satisfied with Pathan’s explanation.
“The BCCI is satisfied with Mr Pathan’s explanation that he had taken Terbutaline inadvertently to treat an Upper Respiratory Tract Infection (URTI) and not as a performance-enhancing drug.
Having considered all of the evidence and taken expert external advice, the BCCI has accepted Mr Pathan’s explanation of the cause of his ADRV, and on that basis has agreed that a period of ineligibility of five months should apply, together with the disqualification of certain results,” said the BCCI statement.
The sanction on Pathan will end on January 14.