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PCB to carry out dope tests by tomorrow


Pakistan will almost complete dope tests of their World Cup-bound players and reserves by tomorrow, a Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) official said on Thursday.

The dope tests would be carried out in two stages — here in Karachi and Lahore — and a total of 19 players would be tested for banned drugs. All-rounder Shahid Afridi will miss the testing procedure as he will be going abroad to play in a charity match, Ahsan Malik, PCB’s Director Communications, told this correspondent.

Ahsan said that the dope tests of the national team’s players based in Lahore and other parts of the country would be carried out in Lahore today (Friday). The next round of the dope tests would be carried out in Karachi tomorrow (Saturday).

Ahsan said that injured fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar will give his urine sample in Lahore on Saturday after returning home from England. Shoaib, currently nursing a knee problem, had gone to England to seek a second opinion on his injury.

The Board had planned to carry out internal dope tests of the members of Pakistan’s World Cup squad before sending the squad to the Caribbean. The team is scheduled to leave for the West Indies on March 1.

“The PCB have a zero tolerance policy over doping which is why we would be testing all our World Cup-bound players,” he said. Ahsan said that the PCB would send Afridi’s sample for the dope test later this month.

The Board would be sending the players’ samples to a Malaysian laboratory accredited by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA). The list of players to be tested, include 15 members of the World Cup squad and five reserves.

Pakistan suffered a setback last October when two of their key fast bowlers — Shoaib Akhtar and Mohammad Asif — tested positive for banned anabolic steroid nandrolone. The duo was banned in November but was later cleared by a PCB appeals committee.

Shoaib and Asif are almost certain to be tested during the World Cup by the International Cricket Council (ICC) which had announced carrying out target testing during the quadrennial spectacle after last October’s drug scandal involving the two pacers.
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