Nine Pakistani players to register for WADA’s
KARACHI: Nine leading Pakistan players including ODI skipper Shahid Afridi have been shortlisted by the PCB to register for the whereabouts clause of WADA’s anti-doping regulations.
Besides Afridi, Misbah-ul-Haq, Younis Khan, Umar Akmal, Saeed Ajmal, Umar Gul, Shoaib Akhtar, Mohammad Asif are among those chosen by the PCB.
A PCB official said that the ICC and WADA had shortlisted the players for the new anti-doping clauses, including the controversial whereabouts clause, which was strongly challenged by the Indian board and its players.
“Under the whereabouts clause the selected players have to keep the ICC anti-doping officials informed about their movements throughout the year,” the official said.
The official added that under the clause even if a player is not playing cricket he has to keep the ICC informed about his movements and expected schedules.
“It is mandatory for these players to keep the ICC informed about their movements and activities inside and outside the country,” he said.
“If a player is playing a domestic match or if he is on holidays visiting his hometown he has to tell the PCB about it who will in turn inform the ICC.”
He said the whereabouts clause was part of a stricter WADA anti-doping regulations to which the ICC and members boards have already complied.
“Under the new regulations WADA officials can carry out random dope tests during a bilateral series or multi-nation tournament,” the official stated.