Kolkata: National Anti-Doping agency (NADA) and BCCI (Board of Control For Cricket in India) in a joint meeting decided to implement ‘wait-watch’ policy following a meeting in Kolkata on Sunday.
The meeting was attended by acting president CK Khanna, acting secretary Amitabh Chaudhary and treasurer Aniruddh Chaudhry.
CEO Rahul Johri represented the Vinod Rai-led Committee of Administrators (COA) during the meeting. NADA has long wanted the BCCI to come under its ambit but country’s richest sports body has thwarted its attempt because it doesn’t come under the ambit of National Sports Federations.
“The CEO Rahul Johri updated us on BCCI’s current stand on anti-doping policy and communication with NADA and ICC. However no decision has been taken as of now. We have had some amount of discussions on this topic. But we are going to have a few more meetings before we can arrive at any conclusion. It will take some time,” said Khanna .
However as things stand, it will be difficult to convince top Indian cricketers like Virat Kohli and Mahendra Singh Dhoni to sign the contentious ‘Whereabouts Clause’ where players need to intimate the anti-doping body in advance for the testing purpose. The Indian cricketers are dead against the clause as they fear that their privacy will be breached.
With the Supreme Court scheduled to pass its verdict on the revised constitution based on Lodha Committee recommendations in the next fortnight, the CoA might not have enough time at their disposal to get a policy decision passed in such a short span of time.