New Delhi:Apart from the security of players, the DLF Indian Premier League has another tough task at hand and that is to keep the tournament squeaky clean. And for that the IPL has decided to conduct random dope test from today i.e. Saturday.
Players participating in the Indian Premier League would be subjected to random dope tests starting today by a World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) team.
The Stockholm-based organisation ITDM, the WADA-accredited body that conducts in and out-of-competition testing for several sports organisations and federations across the world will conduct the tests. One foreign and three Indians scientists will form the team. They'll travel to centres with instructions from the IPL and conduct tests on 2-3 members of any team, depending on where the scientists go.
"There are surprise dope tests to begin today. The (WADA) team from Sweden has already come down. We don't know which team will be subjected to the tests first or which player's samples would be taken first," the IPL chairman Lalit Modi said.
"As per the ICC rules, the WADA team is here and the dope tests will start immediately," he added.
This comes after reports that Pakistani pacer Shoaib Akthar's baggage had an unusually large number of syringes. Lalit Modi, however, said these reports were not true and that the tests were always in the pipeline.
"I have verified the reports, no such things were found," Modi said.
Interestingly, Akhtar had been banned after testing positive for performance enhancing drug nandrolone during the Champions Trophy in 2006.
Another IPL participant, retired Aussie spin wizard Shane Warne, who is the captain-cum-coach Rajasthan Royals, had also served a one-year ban after testing positive for banned diuretics during the 2003 World Cup in South Africa.
The ICC rules on doping adhere to the WADA code that lists a two-year ban for a first-time offender and a life-ban for any dope violation the next time.
(With PTI inputs)