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Pakistan Cricket Board has flaws in doping procedure, says doping expert

Pakistan Cricket Board has flaws in doping procedure, says doping expert

A doping expert said Wednesday that there were flaws in the Pakistan Cricket Board's doping procedures under which fast bowlers Shoaib Akhtar and Mohammad Asif were banned _ a decision that was later overturned.
"PCB's (dope) testing procedure was flawed," Dr. Danish Zaheer told reporters.
"There were no proper notifications to the players for the tests, as you need to give them (players) written notifications before testing but instead players were informed by telephone."
The PCB banned Akhtar for two years and Asif for one year on Nov. 1 for taking the banned steroid nandrolone, but an appeals tribunal overturned the decision on Dec. 5.
Zaheer was one of the three members of the appellate committee that overturned the bans _ but had dissented from the decision.
He had called for fresh tests to be conducted under World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) guidelines.
"There were no names on the forms," Zaheer said. "Asif's form had no date on it and it could not be established whose urine sample it was, whether of Inzamam-ul-Haq (Pakistan captain) or of Akhtar."
WADA has already lodged an appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport, based in Lausanne, Switzerland for the restoration of the original bans imposed on both Pakistan fast bowlers.
The International Cricket Council is also backing WADA's appeal. The ICC signed up to the WADA code in July.
The written verdict of PCB's appellate committee explained that neither bowler had been warned or cautioned against dietary supplements that apparently led to them testing positive for the steroid.
However, Zaheer said that the argument may not convince WADA.
"I differed on the verdict simply because the evidence-based things are acceptable internationally and those given by the appellate committee may not be acceptable to WADA," he said.
Doping has hit Pakistan sports hard in recent times. Last month, the Pakistan Boxing Federation handed life bans to key boxers Meherullah Lassi and Faisal Karim for testing positive during the South Asian Federation Games in Sri Lanka in August.
Zaheer said that Pakistan Boxing Federation's decision was too harsh.
"It's a very harsh penalty," Zaheer said.
"Even the WADA's anti-doping regulations warrant a maximum of two years for the second offense of this nature where the same athlete tests positive for a specified substance like cannabis."


Updated : 2021-06-18 00:42 GMT+08:00