PCB says it's not in picture at the moment

A jittery PCB sought to distance itself from the IPL dope scandal, saying it has not been informed about any of its players' involvement in the controversy

updated: July 17, 2008 16:08 IST
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A jittery Pakistan Cricket Board sought to distance itself from the Indian Premier League dope scandal, saying it has not been informed about any of its players' involvement in the controversy.

"Right now we are not in the picture at all. Because this positive test is purely an internal matter of the IPL and the Indian cricket Board. And so far we have not been told by anyone that any of our players might be involved," a PCB source said late last night.

Indian Premier League (IPL) commissioner Lalit Modi has confirmed that the sample of a player, taken during the league, had tested positive in the first instance.

With the Indian media speculating that it belonged to a fast bowler from the sub-continent, the PCB is bracing itself for another controversy just days after they got over the Mohammad Asif detention case in Dubai.

There is suspicion that the player whose sample had tested positive might be Asif who underwent dope tests while playing for the Delhi Daredevils.

"Umar Gul also had a test but Shoaib Akhtar was not picked for any test," a source close to the Pakistani players who took part in the IPL said.

Interestingly when Asif returned from his detention in Dubai over alleged possession of a banned substance he had claimed that he cleared even dope tests conducted in the IPL.

Modi said the positive test of the sample is the first step of the verification process and there are several stages before a player is deemed to have failed the test.

The IPL will now match the identity of the player with the sample. Next, the player's form, filled out before the match, will be scrutinised for any pre-declared or prescribed drug and if that matches the drug found in the sample, the matter ends there.

If not, the player would be informed and a 'B' sample sent for testing and if that also returns positive, the matter will be taken up by the IPL's drugs tribunal.