Say no to drugs testing!
There's a huge tug o' war involving the BCCI, ICC
and WADA with other bit-players like the Indian sports minister, FICA & the Olympic Council of Asia offering their opinions on the issue.
Cricinfo does a good job with summarizing the issue, including concerns on all sides
To me, the BCCI citing security reasons & concern for players as an excuse to not comply with the norms is so funny, sad and ironic. Recent evidence suggests that when it comes to taking care of players, the BCCI is on very thin ground.
The ICC became a signatory to the WADA code in July 2006. Last year, the ICC's board approved the code's adoption for tournaments that it conducts (ODI World Cup, T20 World Cup, ICC Champions Trophy, Under-19 World Cup, ICC Trophy, etc.).
The BCCI needs to provide answers to these questions.
- Exactly what were Sharad Pawar (ICC VP) and Shashank Manohar, who are both on the ICC Executive Board, doing when the board made its decision? झक मार रहे थे?
- If they were present, were they aware of the implications when the decision was made (even if it wasn't unanimous)?
- If they were absent, did they know about the agenda and could they have done something about it?
- Why did the BCCI do nothing until the deadline (Jul 31) to convene an emergency meeting regarding compliance with WADA's "whereabouts" clause?
- Did the BCCI ever inform its players about the implications of the 'whereabouts' clause?
- Why should the rules for India's cricketers be different from cricketers from other countries?
- Indeed, why should the rules for India's cricketers be different from superstar sportspersons from other countries?
Labels: bcci, drugs, icc, olympics, wada