The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) suspended on Tuesday, a young Indian Test Opener, Prithvi Shaw, for a period of 8 months which will end on 15th November 2019. She has received a suspension for doping violation during the BCCI Domestic Season 2018-19.
According to a statement issued by BCCI, the 19-year-old Shaw had “inadvertently ingested a prohibited substance, which can be commonly found in cough syrups.”
During a Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy match that was held on 22nd February 2019, in Indore, Shaw’s urine sample was collected as a part of BCCI’s anti-doping testing program. When the sample was tested afterward, it was found to contain a subsequent substance which is prohibited both In & Out of Competition in the WADA Prohibited List of Substances. This specified substance found is known as Terbutaline.
On 16th July 2019, the BCCI Anti-Doping Rules Article 2.1 charged Shaw with the commission of an Anti-Doping Rule Violation and he was provisionally suspended pending determination of the charge.
Shaw gave his response to the charge by admitting the violation but affirming that it was unintentional, being caused by his ingestion of the over the counter cough syrup that he had taken for his cough.
The BCCI said that it was satisfied with Shaw’s explanation that he had taken Terbutaline inadvertently to treat a Respiratory Tract Infection and not as a performance-enhancing drug.
After considering all the evidence and accepting Shaw’s explanation, BCCI has decided that a period of ineligibility of eight months should apply, along with the disqualification of certain results.
— Prithvi Shaw (@PrithviShaw) July 30, 2019
In a statement, the BCCI said that Shaw is entitled to full credit against his ineligibility period for the provisional suspension under BCCI ADR Article 10.10.3.
“In addition, because Shaw had promptly admitted his ADRV upon being confronted, he has the discretion under BCCI ADR Article 10.10.2 to back-date the start of the period of ineligibility to the date of sample collection (22nd February 2019),” the statement added.
Further, under the provisions BCCI ADR Article 10.11.2, Shaw may return to train with his State team and/or to use the facilities of any club or other member organization of the BCCI after midnight on 15th September 2019.