In a shocking revelation, all-rounder Yusuf Pathan had failed a dope test during a domestic match last season. The member of the 2011 World Cup winning side has been suspended for the violation. A statement by BCCI testifies the same.
The statement said, “Mr. Yusuf Pathan has been set aside for a doping infraction. Mr. Pathan had inadvertently taken a prohibited means, which can be usually found in cough syrups.
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The BCCI has backdated the suspension from 15 August 2017, effectively meaning it will end on 14 January 2018.
“Pathan had provided a urine sample as part of the BCCI’s anti-doping testing program during a domestic T20 competition on 16 March 2017 in New Delhi. His sample was later examined and found to contain Terbutaline. Terbutaline, a defined substance, is prohibited both in & Out of Competition in the WADA Prohibited List of subject matters,” said the BCCI release.
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“Mr. Pathan responded to the charge by admitting the ADRV and asserting that it was caused by his ingestion of a medication containing terbutaline that had been mistakenly given to him instead of the medication prescribed for him, which did not contain any prohibited substance,” the statement further read.
Pathan, on his part, said he was convinced of being cleared of deliberate usage and vowed to be more careful in future.
“Competing in India and my home state Baroda has been a subject of immense pride and encouragement for me and I would never act in any manner to bring my motherland or Baroda, in whatever kind of disrepute,” Pathan said in a statement.
“In hindsight, I should have been more careful and checked the status of the medications with BCCI’s dedicated Anti-Doping Helpline,” he added.
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The all-rounder, who has played 57 ODIs and 22 T20 Internationals for India, was saddled with the “charge of an Anti-Doping Rule Violation (ADRV) under the BCCI Anti- Doping Rules (ADR) Article 2.1 and provisionally suspended pending determination of the commission”.
He has not played for India since 2012 but has been visualized in the Indian Premier League, turning up for the Kolkata Knight Riders.
Breaking : Yusuf Pathan has been suspended for five months for a doping violation. He had inadvertently ingested a prohibited substance, which can be commonly found in cough syrups
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“Having seen all of the evidence and taken expert external advice, the BCCI has accepted Mr. Pathan’s explanation of the movement of his ADRV, and along that basis has agreed that a period of ineligibility of five months should apply, together with the disqualification of certain outcomes,” the BCCI said.
Pathan has played 57 ODIs and 22 T20s for India and has represented Rajasthan Royals and Kolkata Knight Riders in the Indian Premier League (IPL).