Cricketer Yusuf Pathan suspended by BCCI over doping violation

Yusuf Pathan

New Delhi, Jan 9: Cricketer Yusuf Pathan suspended by Indian cricket board (BCCI) over doping violation for five months on Tuesday. 

He had inadvertently ingested a prohibited substance, which can be commonly found in cough syrups.The BCCI is satisfied with Mr Pathan’s explanation: BCCI, said in a statement.

“His sample was subsequently tested and found to contain Terbutaline, which is a specified substance prohibited both in and out of competition in the WADA Prohibited List of Substances,” it further added.

“On 27th October 2017, Mr Pathan was charged with the commission of an Anti-Doping Rule Violation (ADRV) under the BCCI Anti-Doping Rules (ADR) Article 2.1 and provisionally suspended pending determination of the charge”.

Pathan responded that a medication containing Terbutaline was mistakenly given to him, instead of the medication prescribed for him, which did not contain any prohibited substance.

“The BCCI is satisfied with Mr Pathan’s explanation that he had taken terbutaline inadvertently to treat an upper respiratory tract infection 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.”

The cricket board, however, back-dated the period of ineligibility, which is slated to end on January 14.

Reacting to BCCI decision, Yusuf Pathan thanked the board for letting him plead his case in a ‘fair and reasonable manner’. He tweeted, “I wish to thank the @BCCI for allowing me to plead my case in a fair and reasonable manner.”

With this ban, Yusuf, a three-time IPL champion, will miss 2018 season. He played an integral part of Rajasthan Royals in 2008 before moving base to Kolkata Knight Riders.


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