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Pradeep Sangwan in dope net

The Board of Control for Cricket in India is expected to take a strict stance.

Written by Devendra Pandey | Mumbai | Published: July 19, 2013 12:36:01 am

Delhi’s left arm pacer Pradeep Sangwan,who was representing Kolkata Knight Riders in the sixth edition of the Indian Premier League this year,tested positive for banned substances from samples taken during the tournament. The Board of Control for Cricket in India is expected to take a strict stance,banning the 22-year old for a minimum of six months for the offense.

Sangwan is the second cricketer in IPL,after Pakistani speedster Mohammad Asif,to have failed a dope test. During a random test conducted by BCCI’s anti-doping agency during the game between Mumbai Indians and KKR game on May 8,Sangwan too was asked to give his urine sample,which later tested positive for drugs.

“Yes,Sangwan has tested positive for a banned substance during this year’s Indian Premier League. The BCCI has already issued a letter to the Delhi and Districts Cricket Association in this regard. There have been traces of banned substances in his ‘A’ sample,” a top BCCI said.

Sangwan,however,has said that his positive test was down to the consumption of a supplement,which would have helped him lose weight,on the suggestion of his gym trainer. The pacer,who is currently recuperating in London from a shoulder surgery,also said that he could have inadvertantly consumed medication to deal with his operation.

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“I didn’t know that the supplement which I was taking contained banned substances. I relied blindly on my trainer. Also,I have been taking medications to deal with my shoulder surgery and it could have had an effect too. I was shocked when the result came out,” said Sangwan,speaking to The Indian Express.

Asked if it was a recreational or a performance enhancing drug,the BCCI source said: “We will be able to know that only after the ‘B’ sample test is done. As you have seen the trend in other sports,the ‘B’ sample tests normally shows the trend of ‘A’ sample,” the official said.

Speaking about the duration of the ban,the source in the board said that Sangwan could be kept out of cricket for up to two years. “The board is really serious when it comes to such offences and he might be banned for six months,going up to two years,” said the source.

Sangwan,22,received BCCI’s notice saying that he had failed the drug test conducted during the IPL around a month back. The letter had also asked him to explain the banned substances found in his samples.

Sangwan had replied through the DDCA. “I had received BCCI’s letter in the month of June,stating that a banned substance was found in my test. They sought a reply and tests were done on other samples later,” Sangwan told The Indian Express.

Sangwan,who played a stellar role in India’s victorious U-19 World Cup campaign back in 2008,plays for Delhi in the Ranji Trophy and represented Kolkata Knight Riders during the last two editions of the IPL. He has taken 123 wickets in 38 first-class matches.

Sangwan played two matches in the last edition of IPL against Royal Challengers Bangalore and Sunrisers Hyderabad. He could not get a single wicket during the two IPL games.

Although the BCCI does not come under the WADA (World Anti-Doping Agency) or its national subsidiary NADA (National Anti-Doping Agency),they have their own anti-doping agency. Just like in any ICC event,the IPL also conducts random dope tests of players before or after matches.

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