The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has put out a timeline of events that led to India opener Prithvi Shaw’s doping ban. The apex body of Indian cricket said in a release that it has done so as per directives from the Supreme Court-appointed Committee of Administrators.
Prithvi Shaw was handed a back-dated 8-month ban for a doping violation on July 30 by the BCCI. Shaw had “inadvertently ingested a prohibited substance, which can be commonly found in cough syrups”, it added.
Notably, Prithvi Shaw’s urine sample collected during a Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy match on 22nd February 2019 in Indore was found to contain Terbutaline. Terbutaline, a specified substance, is prohibited both In Out of Competition in the WADA Prohibited List of Substances.
Questions were raised about the effectiveness of the BCCI’s anti-doping programme, considering the sample was collected from Shaw in February and he was still allowed to be part of Indian Premier League 2019 between March 23 and May 12. Prithvi Shaw played for Delhi Capitals in IPL 2019 and also used the facilities of National Cricket Academy before his ban was announced by the BCCI.
BCCI anti-doping manager Dr Abhijit Salvi had earlier confirmed that the WADA-accredited National Dope Testing Laboratory (NDTL) had caused the delay in sending the report after receiving the sample.
The BCCI timeline on Prithvi Shaw’s doping case also suggests that the cricket body had sent a reminder on April 5 for the reports on the player’s sample after sending it on February 23.
Timeline of events in Prithvi Shaw’s doping case:
22 February 2019: Sample collection from Mr. Shaw.
23 February 2019: Sample delivered to National Dope Testing Laboratory, New Delhi (NDTL).
05 April 2019: Email reminder to NDTL regarding pending reports.
05 April 2019: NDTL response received on pending reports.
02 May 2019: NDTL report of Mr. Shaw’s Adverse Analytical Finding (AAF) received by BCCI.
02 May 2019: NDTL requested to send complete Laboratory Documentation Package by BCCI.
17 May 2019: Laboratory Documentation Package received by BCCI.
18 May 2019: All relevant documents sent to Independent Review Board (IRB) through International Doping Tests Management (IDTM).
20 May 2019: IDTM appointed 3 (three) IRB members (a Lawyer, a Sports Physician and a Scientist).
25 June 2019: IRB submitted reports to IDTM Anti-Doping Program Administrator (APA).
26 June 2019: IDTM APA submitted report to BCCI that the Cricketer has a case to answer.
27 June 2019: Case documents sent to BCCI’s External Legal Counsel who has vast experience in handling anti-doping cases.
15 July 2019: Draft of Notice of Charge (NOC) received from BCCI’s External Legal Counsel
16 July 2019: Notice of Charge served upon Mr. Shaw.
18 July 2019: Mr. Shaw responded that he accepts the charge and would not want to attend B Sample opening analysis.
22 July 2019: Response to NOC received from Mr. Shaw’s lawyer.
22 July 2019: Response to NOC forwarded to BCCI’s External Legal Counsel.
24 July 2019: Conference call between BCCI’s External Legal Counsel and BCCI’s Anti-Doping Manager to discuss quantum of punishment.
26 July 2019: Draft of final decision received from BCCI’s External Legal Counsel.
30 July 2019: Detailed decision of BCCI in the Anti-Doping Rule Violation (ADRV) sent to Mr. Shaw.
30 July 2019: Copy sent to ICC WADA, Media release of the ADRV.
Prithvi Shaw’s back-dated ban will end on November 15 and the India opener will miss the ongoing tour of West Indies and the home series against South Africa in September.