Pakistan women cricketers clear dope test for World Cup

January 27th, 2009 - 10:09 pm ICT by IANS  

Karachi, Jan 27 (IANS) There were no unpleasant surprises for the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) when the results of the dope tests carried out on the Pakistan team for the Women’s World Cup were received Tuesday.According to a PCB Women’s Wing official, all the 20 women cricketers have cleared the dope tests ahead of the Women’s World Cup in Australia in March.

“I am happy to report that all Pakistani women players have passed the dope tests,” Shirin Javed, chairperson of the PCB women’s wing, said in an interview with Voice of America.

“PCB had conducted dope test on 20 players including those selected for the world cup in compliance of the ICC and WADA Code and all have been cleared by the Malaysian dope testing laboratory,” Shirin said.

She said that the Pakistan women cricket team will fly to Bangladesh on Feb 2 to take part in a tri-nation tournament comprising Pakistan, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka. It will later leave for Australia to feature in the Women’s World Cup. It is for the first time that Pakistan has qualified for the tournament.

PCB has toughened its anti-doping regulations because of a couple of high-profile scandals involving Pakistani cricketers in the past. In 2006, Pakistan’s top pacers Shoaib Akhtar and Mohammad Asif tested positive for nandrolone, a performance enhancer. Asif failed a dope test again last May while featuring in the inaugural season of the Indian Premier League (IPL).

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