High farce in Pakistan
Yesterday, an 'Anti-Doping Appeals Committee' constitued (sic) by the Pakistan Cricket Board, ruled that Shoaib Akhtar and Mohammed Asif were not guilty
of committing doping offences (timeline
) since the administration never did anything to warn them against taking supplements.
Almost exactly a month ago, Shoaib and Asif had been banned for two years and one year respectively
by the Pakistan Cricket Board's Anti-Doping Commission. On October 16th, Shoaib and Asif were sent home from the ICC Champions Trophy in India by the PCB after failing a PCB-organized pre-tournament doping test
The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA)
has not yet reacted to the judgement and are currently awaiting
the ostrich's reaction
to the decision. (Update
: The ostrich has reacted
I find this decision highly farcical. Sportspersons who're caught in doping scandals almost always resort to the 'No-one told me about this' stand. Given that the PCB, and the ICC, are signatories to the WADA code, a generic application of the 'exceptional circumstances' clause could invite a further appeal from WADA.
This decision by the PCB's commission comes only a few days after Dick Pound, chairman of WADA, blasted Cricket Australia's 1-year
ban on Shane Warne
after he tested positive for using a diuretic
before the 2003 World Cup, in his book with the shortest title ever, 'Inside Dope: How Drugs Are the Biggest Threat to Sports, Why You Should Care, and What Can Be Done About Them'
The second farce that happened in Pakistan cricket was the news that Inzamam will return to international cricket tomorrow after the first ODI against West Indies was washed out
without even the toss having taken place.
The ICC decided, quite stupidly in my opinion, in 2004 that a game was deemed to have started as long a the toss had taken place
. So, in the light of there not having been a toss at Rawalpindi, that game doesn't count as a recorded one-day international.
Hence Inzamam should actually be sitting out
for one more game to ensure that he completes his ban period of four one-day internationals
Labels: akhtar, asif, drugs, mohammad, ostrich, pakistan, shoaib, shoaib akhtar