Prithvi Shaw was the latest player to be suspended due to a doping issue. The BCCI stressed the importance of anti-doping programmes.
Some have called Prithvi Shaw as the next Sachin Tendulkar, but because of his recent run-in with doping rules set forth by the BCCI, the 19-year-old is starting to be doubted. He was suspended starting March 2019 for a doping violation along with two other players. The BCCI also faced concerns over being able to handle young players.
During a random drug test, Shaw tested positive for Terbutaline, a banned substance that is commonly found in cough syrups. However, the player said that he ingested the substance accidentally. Regardless, he has been given a suspension for using a banned substance. Because of this, the BCCI also faced heavy criticism.
The body’s anti-doping manager, Dr Abhijit Salvi, clarified where the board stands. “I keep telling the players even if it is paracetamol, which is not banned, even if it is a tablet for fever, call me. I won’t be irritated. I am there to help you. But somewhere people tend to think it is okay, it is just cough syrup. How can it contain a banned substance? And then make the mistake,” he said.
“I am sure Prithvi knew about BCCI having an anti-doping programme and the helpline. He attended at least three anti-doping education programmes with us. He might have even attended the ICC’s programme conducted at the Under-19 World Cup in 2018. So he was well aware, but probably he just overlooked it and thought to himself ‘okay, the cough syrup shouldn’t be that dangerous’.”
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