India batsman Pathan slapped with backdated doping ban

BCCI told Baroda Ranji Trophy squad to drop Yusuf Pathan after failing dope test

The 35-year-old, who was provisionally suspended following the results of the test, later accepted his mistake and claimed that his dope test came positive because of a medicine which was taken to cure the infection - not to enhance performance. "Pathan had inadvertently ingested a prohibited substance, which can be commonly found in cough syrups", the statement said. "Mr Pathan responded to the charge by admitting the ADRV and asserting that it was caused by his ingestion of a medication containing terbutaline that had been mistakenly given to him instead of the medication prescribed for him, which did not contain any prohibited substance", the statement added further.

"I had received a letter from the BCCI on 27.10.2017, stating that I had failed a doping test for the substance "terbutaline".

Yusuf Pathan has thanked the BCCI for allowing him to plead his case in a fair and a reasonable manner after he was tested positive for a banned substance - Terbutaline.

The BCCI banned Yusuf, earlier in the day, for five months after he was tested positive for a banned substance during a domestic T-20 competition in the national capital in March a year ago.

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The BCCI said Pathan had been provisionally suspended on 28 October previous year and the Board has now chose to back-date the period of his final suspension from 15 August.

However, the board, while satisfied with Pathan's version of defence, chose to impose a five-month "ineligibility" period for the offence, along with "disqualification of certain results". "While Terbutaline is a banned substance, a player is allowed to take it if he has taken prior permission, neither Pathan nor the team doctor took prior permission", says the report.

Yusuf promised that he will be careful in future to avoid such problems.

"Competing for India and my home state Baroda has been a matter of enormous pride and encouragement for me and I would never act in any manner to bring my motherland or Baroda, in any kind of disrepute", Pathan said. "In hindsight, I should have been more careful and checked the status of the medications with the BCCI's dedicated anti-doping helpline". The explosive all-rounder played his last Ranji Trophy match against Andhra Pradesh in October - a dismal outing where he scored four runs, and could not scalp any wickets. The retrospective suspension deemed to have started on 15th August, 2017 and end at 14th of this month.

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