DateLine: 6th August 2009
The International Cricket Council (ICC) has formed a committee to resolve the concerns of BCCI and Indian cricketers regarding thecontroversial 'whereabouts' clause of the World Anti-Doping Agency's (WADA)code.
The International Registered Testing Pool (IRTP) working group will be chaired by Tim Kerr, chairman of ICC Anti-Doping panel, and also includes ICC chief executive Haroon Lorgat, BCCI secretary N Srinivasan, ICC principal advisor Inderjit SIngh Bindra and former India captain Anil Kumble, who sits on WADA's Athlete Committee.
Eleven Indian players are in the ICC's drug testing pool, and it is their concerns about a requirement that they need to inform the ICC at the beginning of every quarter (three-month period) of the year, a location and time that they will be available for an hour each day in that quarter for testing, which is creating all this hassle. The BCCI and the players were worried about security risks involved in providing whereabouts information in advance and have also said that the clause is a violation of privacy of players.
No dates have yet been set for a meeting of the IRTP panel, which was formed after the BCCI announced on Sunday that it would not require its players to file the 'whereabouts' information. WADA has been invited to send a representative to advice the panel.
ICC CEO Haroon Lorgat reiterated that the apex body and the Indian board were keen to resolve the impasse at the earliest.
"I am pleased we have constituted this group as I believe it will help to resolve the practical concerns of India players," Lorgat said. "All of us - the ICC and its members including India - are committed to a zero-tolerance approach in the area of anti-doping."