Pakistan women cricketers undergo dope test

January 25th, 2009 - 11:31 pm ICT by IANS  

Shoaib AkhtarKarachi, Jan 25 (IANS) Pakistan’s women cricketers, currently preparing for World Cup in Australia in March, underwent dope tests Saturday.According to information here, the Pakistan Cricket Board(PCB) collected urine samples from the women cricketers and sent these to a laboratory in Malaysia accredited with the World Anti Doping Agency (WADA).

This is the first time in the history of Pakistan cricket that female cricketers have been asked to give dope tests.

The PCB has adopted strict anti-doping regulations following a series of dope-related incidents involving a couple of star cricketers.

Pakistan’s pace duo of Shoaib Akhtar and Mohammad Asif tested positive for banned anabolic steroid nandrolone in 2006 while playing in the Champions Trophy in India. Asif also failed a second dope test last May while featuring in the inaugural season of the Indian Premier League (IPL). The incidents have attracted a lot of negative publicity for Pakistan cricket.

A source in the PCB said the women cricketers were asked to give dope tests to avoid any embarrassment during the World Cup.

Pakistani women have qualified for the World Cup for the first time and will take on India in their opening match March 7.

The national women’s team is also due to take part in the tri-nation tournament to be held in Bangladesh next month. The event will also feature Sri Lanka and host Bangladesh.

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