Yusuf Pathan was not selected to represent Baroda on BCCI’s directive after he failed the dope test. The burly Pathan was allowed to play just a solitary game in the recently concluded Ranji Trophy. The all-rounder was tested positive for a banned substance Terbutaline during the tournament last year. The 35-year-old Baroda player has represented India as well. He has played 57 One Day Internationals and scored 810 runs with the highest score of 123*. But what made him a special player was the fact that he had a strike rate of 113.60. He also picked up 33 wickets.
Pathan’s rebut BCCI statement:
“I had received a letter from the BCCI on 27.10.2017, stating that I had failed a doping test for the substance ‘terbuteline’. The prohibited substance was detected in my sample because of a medicine I was taking for a throat infection. Competing for India and my home state Baroda has been a matter of immense pride and encouragement for me and I would never act in any manner to bring my motherland or Baroda, in any kind of disrepute. I would like to once again assure to the BCCI, Baroda Cricket Association and my fans and I promise to be more careful with what I consume henceforth.”
Pathan becomes the second Indian cricketer to be tested positive after Delhi bowler Pradeep Sangwan was handed an 18-month ban after he was tested positive for banned substances during IPL 2012.
Here we list 10 players who failed the doping test in the past:
The former Australian leg-spinner, who is regarded as one of the best to have played the game, was sent home a day before the start of the 2003 cricket World Cup. Warne was banned for a year after he tested positive for banned substance diuretic during an ODI series in Australia.
The Sri Lankan top order batsman was banned for three months for a doping violation in 2011. So for all you folks who thought Kusal Perera was the first Sri Lankan to be banned for failing drug test, now you have the answer.
The beefy Englishman was one of the best all-rounders to have played the game. Ian Botham was fond of cannabis and was banned for consuming the substance. Botham later became a commentator and is often seen on television programmes analysing matches.
The ex-Kiwi captain was considered to be an ambassador of the game, but he too was found using marijuana in 1993-94. Danny Morrison reported the incident to team management after which Fleming was fined $175 and was banned for a brief period.
The Delhi-born left-arm pacer was banned by BCCI to represent Delhi or Kolkata Knight Riders in 2013 after he failed a dope test during the sixth edition of the Indian Premier League.
Mohammed Asif & Shoaib Akhtar:
The pace duo from Pakistan gave nightmares to batsmen around the world. The duo was banned from all forms of cricket in 2016 after he failed the dope test. The two bowlers were banned after they tested positive for a drug named nandrolone. The tests were carried out for three months prior to the Champions Trophy that was slated to be held in India the following year.
Once an ace spinner for Pakistan, Rehman too admitted to taking cannabis when he was playing for Somerset. He admitted that he consumed it for recreational purposes but was consequently banned for 12 weeks by the ECB under its anti-doping rules.
Afghanistan’s top order batsman and wicketkeeper were slapped with a 12-month ban for using a weight loss product which contained a banned substance. Shahzad has 1,901 runs in 58 One Day Internationals and 1,779 runs in 58 Twenty20s for Afghanistan.
The West Indian all-rounder was banned for 12 months for violating a whereabouts clause by an independent anti-doping panel in Kingston. The ban became effective from January 31, 2017, and will last until January 30, 2018. Russel will be seen playing for Kolkata Knight Riders in IPL 2018.