Saturday, 1 August 2009

Yuvraj Singh Wary of WADA’s ‘whereabouts rule’

Middle order batsman Yuvraj Singh has said that the players were wary of the World Anti-Doping Agency’s (WADA) controversial ‘whereabouts’ rule as it infringed on their privacy.

“We play cricket 9-10 months a year and our concern is whatever free time we get, we should be left to ourselves,” Singh said on the sidelines of a function here on Saturday.

The International Cricket Council became a WADA signatory in 2006 and the ICC board last year unanimously approved out-of-competition tests on cricketers in accordance with amendments made by WADA to the code.

According to media reports, India’s leading cricketers were unhappy with the whereabouts clause, which stipulates players must tell doping authorities where they will be for one hour every day over a set period of time.

WADA regulations say that three misses in 18 months could result in a two-year ban from international cricket.

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has called for a working committee meeting on Sunday where the subject is expected to be discussed.

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