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    July 13, 2008

    IPL doping controversy

    An unknown cricket website ( reports that the random testing carried out by WADA during the recently concluded Indian Premier League has resulted in one sample testing positive.

    There's a lot of conjecture over who that player could be. We can rule out Shane Warne, who actually only tested positive for a diuretic, since the report mentions a sub-continental fast bowler. Then there's the Pakistani duo of Akhtar & Asif who first tested positive before the 2006 Champions Trophy. They were let off by a kangaroo court committee. But shortly before the 2007 World Cup, they were mysteriously declared unfit for the tournament. There're also a few who've admitted in the past to using recreational drugs (Fleming, Gibbs, etc.)

    But I have a sneaking feeling it wasn't a player at all. I think it was Lalit Modi. I'm fairly sure he was smoking something when he kept talking about enforcing bans on teams which fielded ICL players and insisting that players would necessarily have to turn out for their IPL teams in the Champions League even if the team that they normally represented in their country's domestic season qualified.

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