Who the hell do the BCCI (that’s India’s national cricket board) think they are? Lalit Modi clearly belives that he is a law unto himself as the BCCI seem determined to oppose the ICC’s signing up to the World Anti Doping Agency code. That is the code which applies to the vast majority of sports throughout the world.
The part the BCCI doesn’t like is the part dealing with out of contest testing. Players need, just like athletes, to declare in advance to WADA their locations so that they may be visited for testing. “Oh no, we don’t like that, we can’t tell someone where we will be!” comes the response. Why not? Top level cricketers get paid huge sums and have agents, managers and administrative staff. It’s not rocket science that’s needed, just plain and simple sensible organisation.
“Some of our players have had death threats made against them,” comes another counter. Hey Lalit, let me tell you something you might not know. That’s what the Police are for. You get a death threat, you pass it on to the Police. Again, the agent and administrative staff should surely be trusted with knowledge of the player’s whereabouts or else they shouldn’t be in the job!
My views on drugs in sport are set in stone. There should be none allowed and those who fail tests should be banned for life. I have no sympathy with those who missed tests. This is the lifestyle you signed up for. As a top level athlete you have a duty to be a role model and to be seen to be adhering to the testing regime. Again, it’s not rocket science that’s needed, just plain and simple sensible organisation. What is wrong with that?
If cricketers won’t abide by the WADA code then there is no place for them in the game. Those who back the anti-WADA stance have no place in the game either.
Again we see the BCCI trying to be bigger than it should be. BCCI stands for Board for Control of Cricket in India. Not the world. Just like Pakistan cricket provided a poor example in the “Ovalgate” test match when the team refused to take the field, the BCCI is providing another poor example here.
Begs the question is there a drugs problem in cricket?