All Indian cricketers will now be tested by NADA: BCCI
The Board of Control for Cricket in India on Friday finally came under the orbit of the National Anti-Doping Agency (NADA). This was after the BCCI CEO Rahul Johri and General Manager Cricket Operations Saba Karim met the Sports Secretary Radheshyam Julaniya and NADA director general Navin Agarwal in New Delhi on Friday.
Jhulaniya said, “The BCCI had issues like the quality of the dope testing kits, competence of pathologists and sample collection. We assured them all facilities equivalent to all National Sports Federation (NSF), but there would be charges for it. ”
On the other hand, Johari ruling out the possibilities of becoming an NSF said, “The BCCI cannot be deemed as an NSF as it does not take grants from the government. We are still not an NSF and have no intentions of becoming one. We are an autonomous body and will remain so.”
Johari added, “We have to follow the law of the land and the BCCI is committed to following the law that exists.”
Till now, the samples of cricketers were collected by a Sweden-based International Dope Testing Management (IDMT) – hired by the BCCI - and gave it to the National Dope Testing Laboratory (NDTL).