Collective decision on WADA anti-doping code issue: Yuvraj

<img border='0' align='left' title=' ' src='' class='caption'> Yuvraj Singh said he would go by the collective decision of the players on the question of the contentious.

Updated: August 02, 2009 15:45 IST
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New Delhi:

Indian middle order batsman Yuvraj Singh on Saturday said he would go by the collective decision of the players on the question of the contentious "Whereabout Requirements" clause of the WADA anti-doping code.

Yuvraj said some of the Indian players, who are in the list of those required to furnish their whereabouts to the International Cricket Council in advance, will meet an ICC lawyer on Sunday in Mumbai and take a collective decision.

"Our concern is that we play 9-10 months of continuous cricket and when we are not playing we should be given that free time. We have a meeting tomorrow with the ICC and depending on that we will take a decision," Yuvraj said on the sidelines of Reebok's footwear collection launch here.

"Every team has their own decision, similarly we have our own. It a complete team decision and I would go by what the team decides. I don't have any individual opinion and even if I have I won't like to discuss it now," he added.

The Indian players missed the July 31 deadline to sign the WADA anti-doping code and are awaiting a meeting between the ICC and BCCI tomorrow to get their concerns addressed on the contentious issue.

According to the "Whereabout Requirements" clause of the WADA anti-doping code, all cricketers under the ICC's international testing pool should to furnish in an online form their whereabouts for the next three months, even during off-season, in advance to facilitate effective out-of-competition testing.

The Indian players have reservations on this clause, which they feel infringes on their privacy.

Yuvraj doesn't support the view that Twenty20 format was forcing cricketers retire early from Test cricket, saying the two things were not related in any way.

"I don't think players are retiring because of they want to play more Twenty20. Flintoff is a one of the best all-rounders and he has played enough cricket and it has taken a toll on his body, while Muttiah Muralitharan is a legend already. I don't see there is any relation between the two," Yuvraj said.

Asked which form of cricket he prefers to play, Yuvraj said," I would play any format that I am asked to play, four-day, 50-overs, Twenty20 whatever."

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