BCCI Refuses NADA to Test Indian Cricketers

Rahul Johri, BCCI CEO, has clarified that there is no need to test its cricketers for NADA as the board’s anti-doping system is strong enough currently and it is not an NSF or National Sports Federation.

In a strict response to anti-doping authority in India, NADA, BCCI has clearly stated that the body doesn’t have any jurisdiction to conduct anti-dope test on our cricketers. In a letter written to NADA chief Navin Agarwal on November 8, Rahul Johri, who is a CEO of BCCI, made it clear in his statement. He clearly said that the current system is strong enough to keep cricketers from doping and it’s not an NSF.

He clearly mentioned in his letter that it is relevant to inform that BCCI is not an NSF. In the same way, NADA doesn’t have authority to conduct such types of tests on Indian cricketers in any international or domestic event or under the auspices of BCCI. He further mentions that there is no need for any official in BCCI to work with NADA to ensure dope testing of crickets either out of completions or during competition in light of this test.

The response of BCCI was prepared with the guidelines from Committee of Administrators from Supreme Court. Along with responding to the chief of NADA, Johri wrote to the sports secretary back, who approached BCCI to work with NADA in October.  According to the Ministry, NADA might be at risk of not complying with WADA or World Anti-Doping Agency code due to BCCI as they are not cooperating in this subject matter. Johri has clearly said that the current anti-doping system is robust enough.

He further said that the BCCI has robust dope testing system already which is assigned for both out-of-competitions and competitions as well as testing of samples by IDTM has been done already at NDTL, an accredited laboratory by WADA, under the permission of Sports Ministry.In addition, he also claimed that BCCI meets WADA code. You will want to appreciate that BCCI sticks to the WADA International Standard of Laboratories for testing and analysis of samples, and WADA International Standard for Testing and Investigations.

In accordance with it, the BCCI hired the same experienced sample collection company which is also hired by the ICC to provide sample collection solutions in IDTM (International Doping Tests & Management).

The IDTM is engaged to send the samples collected for testing to a laboratory accredited by WADA viz. NDTL (National Dope Testing Laboratory) as required by WADA. Since NDTL CEO is sports secretary, the BCCI’s dope testing is performed under the compliance with Sports Ministry, according to Johri. He further added that as BCCI is an autonomous body which is authorized by ICC (International Cricket Council). It is just needed to operate in the ICC rules and regulations.