Indian Cricket juggernaut, Yusuf Pathan, has been handed a five-month ban following a doping charge against him. The BCCI released a statement confirming the 35-year old’s ban saying “inadvertently ingested a prohibited substance, which can be commonly found in cough syrups.” A urine sample provided by Pathan on March 16, 2017, was tested and found to contain ‘Terbutaline’.
However, Pathan’s suspension has been backdated to 15th August 2017, meaning he will complete the five months on 18th January 2018 itself.
The BCCI claim to be satisfied with Pathan’s explanation to the cause, stating he had taken Terbutaline only to treat his Upper Respiratory Tract Infection (URTI) and not as a performance-enhancing drug.
The statement read, “On 27 October 2017, Pathan was charged with the commission of an Anti-Doping Rule Violation (ADRV) under the BCCI Anti-Doping Rules (ADR) Article 2.1 and provisionally suspended pending determination of the charge. Mr Pathan responded to the charge by admitting the ADRV and asserting that it was caused by his ingestion of a medication containing Terbutaline that had been mistakenly given to him instead of the medication prescribed for him, which did not contain any prohibited substance.”
In his career between 2008 and 2012, Yusuf Pathan played 57 ODIs and 22 T20Is for India and was part of the T20 World Cup winning squad in 2007 and the ODI World Cup winning squad in 2011. The Baroda man has had a superb stint in the Indian Premier League as well, scoring over 2500 runs with a strike rate of 146, with Rajasthan Royals and Kolkata Knight Riders.
Sources – TOI, NDTV