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Cricket: BCCI gives Pathan backdated doping ban
January 9, 2018 | 2:24 PM
by Reuters
Yusuf Pathan was provisionally suspended in October and the BCCI, convinced by the player's explanation, backdated the start of his five-month suspension to mid-August.
 
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New Delhi: Indian batsman Yusuf Pathan has received a five-month ban due to a doping violation but will be free to play from Monday after it was backdated to August, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has said.

The 35-year-old, who played the last of his 57 One-day Internationals in 2012 but has been active in domestic cricket, "inadvertently ingested" a prohibited substance to treat an upper respiratory tract infection, the BCCI said in a statement on Tuesday.

A urine sample collected last year tested positive for terbutaline, which features in the World Anti-Doping Agency's list of prohibited substances.

He was provisionally suspended in October and the board, convinced by the player's explanation, backdated the start of his five-month suspension to mid-August.



"Having considered all of the evidence and taken expert external advice, the BCCI has accepted Mr Pathan's explanation ... and on that basis has agreed that a period of ineligibility of five months should apply, together with the disqualification of certain results."

Pathan, whose six-hitting ability and tidy off-spin bowling made him a limited-overs asset, is free to play from Monday.

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