Banned substance was in my cough syrup: Yusuf Pathan

Pathan's 5-month suspension was backdated to August, which means he will be allowed to start playing again from January 14. Photograph:( Zee News Network )

WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Jan 09, 2018, 10.05 AM (IST)

Yusuf Pathan was suspended by the BCCI for 5 months Tuesday on account of failing a dope test.

On October 27, 2017, Pathan was charged with the commission of an anti-doping rule violation (ADRV) under the BCCI's Anti-Doping Rules (ADR).

According to BCCI, Pathan had provided a urine sample as part of the BCCI’s anti-doping testing program during a domestic T-20 competition on March 16, 2017 in New Delhi.

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His sample was subsequently tested and found to contain Terbutaline. Terbutaline, a banned substance, is prohibited both in and out of competition by the World Anti-Doping Agency.

The five-month ban, which began on August 15, 2017, will end at midnight on January 14, 2018.

Pathan released a statement saying, "I wish to thank the BCCI for allowing me to plead my case in a fair and reasonable manner."

"The prohibited substances were detected in my sample because of a medicine I was taking for a throat infection," he said.

"I should have been more careful and checked the status of the medications with BCCI's dedicated Anti-Doping Helpline," he added.

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On receiving the statement from Yusuf Pathan, BCCI is satisfied and convinced that he had taken Terbutaline inadvertently to treat an Upper Respiratory Tract Infection (URTI) and not as a performance-enhancing drug.

Having considered all of the evidence and taken expert external advice, the BCCI has accepted Pathan’s explanation of the cause of his ADRV, and on that basis has agreed that a period of ineligibility of five months should apply, together with the disqualification of certain results.

The all-rounder has played 57 ODIs and 22 T20 Internationals for India and will resume his game from 14th January 2018. He has not played for India since 2012 but has been seen in the Indian Premier League, turning up for the Kolkata Knight Riders.

The end of the ban means he will be available on 27th and 28th January for player's auction as is a free agent now for the upcoming Indian Premier League because KKR has retained Sunil Naraine and Andre Russell and not him.