Published: Wed, July 31, 2019
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Indian cricketer suspended for failing dope test

Indian cricketer suspended for failing dope test

Similar to Prithvi Shaw's case, BCCI found Dullarwar's explanation satisfactory and handed a backdated suspension of eight months from the date of collection of samples.

A release from the Board said Shaw had "inadvertently ingested a prohibited substance, which can be commonly found in cough syrups".

Shaw accepted his charge from the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and explained the substance was present in an over-the-counter remedy he bought to treat a respiratory tract infection.

The 19-year old cricketer won't be allowed to take part in any worldwide or BCCI-conducted tournament till November 15 this year.

Shaw reacted to the suspension, saying he failed to follow protocol due to his eagerness to return to action after suffering an ankle injury during India's tour of Australia.

Shaw last played for India in a test match against West Indies in October a year ago and has not been picked in the squad for their tour of the Caribbean next month.

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But BCCI officials are not too pleased with the ineligibility period calculation as that also involves the time when he was plying his trade for Delhi Capitals (DC) in the 2019 edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL). Mr. Shaw had inadvertently ingested a prohibited substance, which can be commonly found in cough syrups.

Shaw is now at the National Cricket Academy undergoing rehabilitation for a reported hip injury, but the BCCI statement is an indicator that he was pulled out of Mumbai Premier League after testing positive. According to BCCI, Shaw will serve a prohibition period dating back to February 22, the day he provided his urine sample. While I am still nursing an injury which I suffered during my last tournament, this news has really shaken me. The statement added that the cricketer was tested during BCCI's anti-doping testing program during the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy match on 22nd February 2019 in Indore.

The suspension has been backdated because Shaw admitted to taking the banned substance, in line with BCCI ADR Article 10.10.2, with the ban deemed to have started on March 16 and ending on November 15. I accept my fate with all sincerity.

"I thank BCCI for all the support & also my near & dear ones who have always stood by me".

Shaw will be allowed to train and use BCCI or the state association's facilities from September 15. The ban ends on November 15 and the Indian opener will want to make sure he does everything he can to be back in the reckoning.

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