New Delhi: The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on Friday (November 10) said no to National Anti-doping Agency’s (NADA) norms stating that that it is an “autonomous body affiliated to the International Cricket Council”.

BCCI further said that it follows the ICC Code, which is already based on the World Anti-doping Agency (WADA) Code. In a separate letters written to NADA and the Department of Sports, BCCI made it clear that being an autonomous sports organisation it won’t come under NADA jurisdiction. 

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In the letter to NADA the cricket board wrote “ BCCI already has a robust dope testing mechanism which is employed for both during competitions and out-of-competitions”, and the “testing of samples collected by International Doping Tests and Management (IDTM) is already being done at a WADA accredited laboratory under the aegis of the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports.”

“BCCI is affiliated with the International Cricket Council, which governs the game globally” and being a full member it is also a “signatory to the WADA (World Anti-Doping Agency) code since 2006 and the ICC Code, which is based on the WADA Code,” it added.

The board also stated: “At the very outset it is necessary to clarify that the BCCI is not a National Sports Federation but an autonomous sports organisation affiliated to the ICC, which governs the game globally.”

The cricket board gave reference of ICC Code, which is based on the WADA Code.

“For analysis and testing of samples, BCCI adheres to the WADA International Standard for Laboratories and the WADA International Standard for Testing and Investigations,” the letter said. “BCCI has adopted the WADA list of prohibited substances and prohibited methods, as amended by WADA from time to time, as more particularly set out in Article 4.1 to 4.3 of the BCCI code,” it added.

“BCCI has engaged the services of the same expert sample collection agency that is also engaged by the ICC to provide collection sample services viz. International Doping Tests & Management,” it said.