India’s test opener Prithvi Shaw has been handed suspension by the BCCI for doping violation. The BCCI has said that Shaw provided urine sample taken as part of an anti-doping testing program during the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy on February 22, 2019, in Indore.
The test made on a sample contained Terbutaline, a substance commonly found in cough syrups, which is prohibited in the WADA Prohibited List of Substances.
Shaw explaining the reason behind taking the drugs said that it was because of over the counter cough syrup he had taken to treat his cough. Considering the evidence and taking expert advice on the matter, BCCI was satisfied with Shaw’s reason that he took it to cure his cough and not enhance his performance.
For this Shaw was charged with the commission of an Anti-Doping Rule Violation under the BCCI Anti-Doping Rules (ADR) Article 2.1 on July 16, 2019, and provisionally suspended pending determination of the charge.
BCCI has suspended him for eight months, until November 15 and will not be available for the entire home series against South Africa. He is also going to miss the first Test against Bangladesh starting on November 14.
— Prithvi Shaw (@PrithviShaw) July 30, 2019
“In addition, because Mr. Shaw promptly admitted his ADRV upon being confronted with it by the BCCI, there is discretion under BCCI ADR Article 10.10.2 to back-date the start of the period of ineligibility to the date of sample collection (22 February 2019). However, the BCCI ADR Article 10.10.2 also requires Mr. Shaw to actually serve one half of the period of ineligibility. Therefore, further to BCCI ADR Article 10.10.2, the eight-month period of Ineligibility will be deemed to have started to run on 16th March 2019, so that it will end at midnight on 15th November 2019.” – BCCI stated.
According to BCCI, Shaw is allowed to return to train with the team from September 15, 2019, for the last two months of the period of ineligibility. Besides Shaw, two other cricketers, Akshay Dullarwar registered with Vidarbha Cricket Association and Rajasthan’s Divya Gajraj have also been suspended for the doping violation.