The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has been furnishing details of top Indian cricketers’ “whereabouts” on World-Anti Doping Agency’s data base since 2017, a far cry from its perceived objection to the contentious clause. The BCCI is still not National Anti Doping Agency (NADA)-compliant and WADA has expressed its concerns to the International Cricket Council on the issue. The matter was tabled at the recent ICC Board meeting in Dubai and the Indian Cricket Board was asked to sort the issue with NADA urgently.
The BCCI, since the 2017 Champions Trophy, has been uploading the “whereabouts” of its players in WADA’s ADAMS (Anti Doping Administrative and Management Systems) database.
“We need to clear this misconception. Since 2017, we have been consistently uploading the whereabouts of our centrally contracted players on ADAMS. We never had any issue with whereabouts clause,” a BCCI official told PTI on conditions of anonymity.
“A few of our players first entered WADA’s Registered Testing Pool (RTP) during 2015 ICC World Cup. Our issue is NADA’s handling of samples and how their Dope Control Officers (DCO) work. That is something we are not convinced about and we have told that to ICC also,” the official added.