The International Cricket Council (ICC) has confirmed that its Members have agreed on a set of whereabouts rules for out-of-competition drug testing.
The rules, which come into force on 1st August, will establish a two-tier approach to whereabouts filing and the establishment of an international registered testing pool (IRTP) of players who will be required to fill in their 'whereabouts' information in accordance with the World Anti-Doping Agency's (WADA) international standards.
“After a long and thorough process, we now have a tough and practical set of rules that will support our zero-tolerance approach to doping in our great sport," ICC Chief Executive Haroon Lorgat said.
“We know this is a complex area for players and administrators and I wish to thank all our Members for their willingness to find a workable solution.
“All of us are now satisfied that we have a code and rules that will support out-of-competition testing and protect international cricket from those who wish to cheat.
“Our next steps are to educate the relevant players and administrators so that they understand their responsibilities under the new rules followed by ‘live’ implementation shortly thereafter.”
WADA Director General David Howman added: “The World Anti-Doping Agency congratulates the International Cricket Council for agreeing its new ‘whereabouts rules’. It is another sign from cricket’s governing body that it is serious about protecting the integrity of the sport. It will mean that the ICC’s out-of-competition testing programme, under which any player can be tested at any time, will now be strengthened and it is a good step forward for cricket.”
In August 2009, the BCCI rejected WADA's whereabouts clause, which states that should a player fail to disclose his whereabouts three times in an 18-month period, he could be banned for two years.
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