On Tuesday, Board of Cricket Control in India (BCCI) announced a backdated five-month ban on Yusuf Pathan for failing the dope test. The Baroda all-rounder faces a backdated five-month ban from August 15, 2017, to 14th January 2018. This is a positive news for Yusuf and his fans as Baroda allrounder will be eligible for IPL Auction 2018 which is scheduled for January 27 and 28. (Know More: IPL Auction 2018 Date, Time, Venue, Timings & Live Results)
Yusuf Pathan had failed a dope test conducted during a domestic tournament conducted in March previous year. Since then he was provisionally suspended by BCCI. The urine sample provided by Pathan on 16th March 2017 was tested and found to contain ‘Terbutaline’. Yusuf Pathan admitted the charges and was handed a five-month ban. (Also Read: IPL Schedule 2018)
The BCCI press release was as follows,
Mr Yusuf Pathan has been suspended for a doping violation. Mr Pathan had inadvertently ingested a prohibited substance, which can be commonly found in cough syrups
The Board of Cricket Control in India (BCCI) is fully convinced with the Yusuf’s explanation and considering all evidence and expert advice, a five-month ban has been applied. Mr. Pathan had inadvertently taken Terbutaline to treat Upper Respiratory Tract Infection (URTI) and not for the purpose of performance-enhancement.
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Meanwhile, during all this, Yusuf stated,
Competing for India and my home state Baroda has been a matter of immense pride and encouragement for me and I would never act in any manner to bring my motherland or Baroda, in any kind of disrepute. In hindsight, I should have been more careful and checked the status of the medications with BCCI’s dedicated Anti-Doping Helpline
Yusuf has been part of Kolkata Knight Riders for past few years. The franchise did not retain him which makes him available for 2018 IPL Auction.
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