- It will be a six-month tripartite agreement between ICC, BCCI and NADA wherein the samples of our registered pool of players will be going to the National Dope Testing Labaratory (NDTL) through NADA.
- Earlier, BCCI operated with a private agency for its dope tests, remaining steadfast on the grounds that it expected NADA to upgrade its standards before expecting elite sportsmen to comply with it.
- The WADA had originally set October 4 as the deadline for the ICC to convince the BCCI to make its cricketers available to the NADA for sample collection.
The Board of Control for Cricket in India declared that it is going to work with the National Anti-Doping Agency for the next six months on a trial basis. This is a major climbdown from their previous position of not adhering to the global anti-doping guidelines.
The Supreme Court appointed Committee of Administrators (CoA) and the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), met ICC chairman Shashank Manohar in Mumbai on Monday. It was thus decided that the Indian board will work with the National Anti-Doping Agency (NADA) for the next six months on a trial basis.
BCCI finally agreed to work with the National Anti-Doping Agency (NADA), but with riders. CoA met ICC Chairman Shashank Manohar to work out a solution over @BCCI‘s resistance to allow their players being be dope-tested by NADA.
— mid-day (@mid_day) March 19, 2019
Samples of registered players to be sent to the National Dope Testing Laboratory (NDTL)
A senior BCCI official told PTI after the meeting that in this six-month trial agreement between ICC, BCCI and NADA, the samples of registered players will be sent to the National Dope Testing Laboratory (NDTL) through NADA. Till now, these samples were collected by Sweden-based IDTM.
The Board has not yet confirmed any official intimation with NADA.
The NADA director general Navin Agarwal has claimed to give a statement only after receiving a written confirmation from the board.
The ICC clearly understands that the BCCI has to come under NADA’s width so that the world body remains flexible. The matter got intimated to the BCCI during the board meeting in Dubai.
The BCCI came under NADA on a condition that the urine samples will be collected by its own its officials and then will be handed over to the NADA.
NADA welcomes a “trial” without knowing what a tripartite agreement is going to be! My blog on the latest BCCI move to overcome WADA Code and NADA’s authority. https://t.co/oAvTLVLlxw
— K.P. Mohan (@kaypeem) March 18, 2019
Though a BCCI official said that they do not trust NADA’s Dope Control Officers as there have been many cases of irresponsible handling of samples.
In order to remain WADA compliant, a national sports federation needs to at least provide 10 per cent of the samples for testing. “We would be providing samples as per mandatory minimum requirement which is 10 per cent. It would include top national cricketers and a lot of first-class cricketers,” he said.
Other provisions discussed
Other than doping test, the second matter discussed in the meeting was regarding a $22 million (Rs 150 crore) tax waiver that included the huge payment for the 2016 World T20 as well as the two future global meets — 2021 World T20 and 2023 ICC ODI tournament.
According to reports, BCCI has notified Manohar Lal Khattar about their plan and execution to make the tax waiver payments, in case the government continues its position of no tax waiver for global sporting events.
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