BCCI not to oblige Gill

<img border='0' align='left' title=' ' src='http://www.ndtv.com/convergence/images/thumbnail/ver1/b/bcci.jpg' class='caption'> Sports Minister Gill's view that cricketers should sign the WADA clause is his personal opinion and the BCCI would stick to its own stance, Shukla said.

Updated: August 04, 2009 06:41 IST
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New Delhi:

Sports Minister M S Gill's view that cricketers should sign the World Anti-Doping Agency clause is his personal opinion and the Cricket Board would stick to its own stance, BCCI spokesman Rajeev Shukla said here on Monday.

Reacting to Gill's comments, Shukla said the matter was now between BCCI and ICC and there was no need to raise the issue with the Sports Ministry.

"The Sports Minister has got his personal view on the subject but we at BCCI have taken a position which ensures what is promised in the Indian constitution," Shukla told reporters.

The "whereabout" clause of the WADA code has become the bone of contention with the 11 Indian cricketers in the WADA pool refusing to sign the provision which requires them to inform there whereabouts three months in advance, which they consider a breach of privacy and a security risk as well.

The BCCI has already thrown its weight behind the cricketers and has asked ICC, a WADA signatory, to explore the option of having an anti-doping mechanism of its own.

Gill, however, felt that the cricketers should fall in line and sign without cribbing. After all, most of the athletes around the world had signed it and it could hardly be called an infringement on their privacy, Gill said.

Besides, WADA is championing a great cause to produce a dope-free world and it's everyone's duty to help them in their effort, Gill said.

Shukla made it clear that the Board had no issues with random testings during a tournament but it was not comfortable with the idea of out-of-competition tests.

"As long as they want to test players during a competition, we would abide by all WADA rules. But outside the tournament, we think the players should be exempted," Shukla added.

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