ICC asks BCCI to take effective action against guilty player

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Dubai, Jul 14 (UNI) Rocked by the sudden revelation of the dope scandal that hit the inaugural edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL), the ICC has thrown the responsibility on the BCCI to take an appropriate action against the offender.

''As with any AAF that arises during a testing programme organised by one of the ICC's Members, it is the responsibility of that Member, in this case the BCCI, to deal with the process in a timely and fair manner,'' the ICC said in a statement.

The ICC, while confirming about the recent findings said it was informed by the WADA accredited agency about the positive dope test, speculated to be of a sub-continental fast bowler.

''The ICC is aware of an adverse analytical finding (AAF) from the recently-concluded Indian Premier League (IPL).

''When an AAF arises, the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) accredited laboratory that has tested the sample sends a report to the commissioning body (IPL) and copies in WADA and the International Federation, in this case the ICC,'' the ICC statement said. The ICC, however, said it would keep a close watch on the way the BCCI handles the whole incident and ensured that the guilty player is punished appropriately.

''The ICC is proud of its status as a WADA signatory and will be closely monitoring the situation to ensure the correct action is taken by the BCCI. The ICC retains a right of appeal if any penalty that may be imposed is inconsistent with the WADA Code,'' it added.

While the identity of the player has not been revealed yet, speculations have zeroed on Pakistani speedster Mohammad Asif, who was detained for 19-days in Dubai on charges of possession of contraband substances while he was returning home from India after playing in the IPL.

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