The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) wants to take some strict action against rising doping incidents in sports with the implementation of dope testing in the Indian domestic cricket during the recently-concluded Vijay Hazare Trophy.
The Mail Today report claims that tests will now become a "regular feature" in domestic cricket across all formats and the BCCI will hire an international company - International Dope Tests and Management (IDTM) - for the entire procedure.
The BCCI has kept the National Anti-Doping Agency (NADA) out of picture but the samples will be tested at the National Dope-Testing Laboratory (NDTL) in New Delhi.
"We have started conducting dope tests in domestic cricket and it will be a regular feature from here on. Dope tests were done during the Indian Premier League (IPL), but it is a first for domestic cricket. The procedure will be on the lines of the agreement reached out between the ICC and the WADA," Ratnakar Shetty, the BCCI chief administrative officer, is quoted as saying by Mail Today.
The dope tests were conducted during the knock-out stages of the Vijay Hazare Trophy in Visakhapatnam. Dr Vece Paes, Abhijit Salve and Dr PSM Chandran are the members of the dope test committee.
"We started conducting dope tests during the knock-out stages of the Vijay Hazare Trophy and there are other domestic tournaments lined up this season where we will have more such tests. The players have every right to appeal against the sanctions, and for that the BCCI will have an appeals panel. The Court of Arbitration for Sports (AS) is always there and the players are free to go there as well if they want," said Dr. Vece Paes
After the Vijay Hazare Trophy, the Dr. Vece Paes-led committee is heading to Guwahati for the knock-out stages of the Deodhar Trophy and Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy later this month.