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Speed wants all test-playing countries to conduct drug tests

Speed wants all test-playing countries to conduct drug tests

A top official of the International Cricket Council wants all the major cricket-playing countries to regularly conduct drug tests of its players after two Pakistan fast bowlers were withdrawn from the Champions Trophy for failing dope tests.
"I would urge those not already doing so to follow suit for the good of the game," ICC chief executive Malcolm Speed said in a statement issued Tuesday.
Pakistan fast bowlers Shoaib Akhtar and Mohammad Asif's A samples tested positive to the banned substance Nandrolone in out-of-competition testing conducted by the Pakistan Cricket Board last month. The PCB suspended the pair pending the outcome of analysis of their backup samples.
"The current situation is unfortunate but what we must do is use it as a springboard to move forward," Speed said.
Pakistan is one of the five full members of the ICC that conducts dope tests of its players along England, South Africa, New Zealand and Australia. The other four test-playing countries are India, West Indies, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka, while Zimbabwe's test status is suspended.
"I would urge those not already doing so to follow suit for the good of the game," Speed said.
"Cricketers are role models, they need to be sending out the right messages to the public and that is one of the reasons why we must have a zero tolerance on drug use in any context."
Drug testing will take place at six matches in the ongoing ICC Champions Trophy in India, with four players _ two from each side _ chosen at random to provide samples.
No tests have taken place at matches played so far in the tournament.