Yusuf handed 5-month ban

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Odd as it may appear, but that's the luxury Indian cricketers enjoy for not being under the lens of the global watchdog World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA). Chaudhary revealed that the suspension period has been running from August and would end at midnight on 14 January 2018.

Pradeep Sangwan was banned for 18 months when he had failed a dope test in 2013.

The 35-year-old Baroda-born hard-hitting batsman last played for India in 2012 and has been sidelined with the emergence of other all-round options in the form of Ravindra Jadeja and Axar Patel.

With the suspension lasting for five months, Pathan, who played for the Kolkata Knight Riders until previous year, is unlikely to be part of the upcoming IPL season.

Pathan, the Indian all-rounder with 57 one-day global and 22 T20I caps to his name, gave a sample following a domestic T20 match in March past year which was found to contain Terbutaline, which features on the World Anti-Doping Authority's list of prohibited substances.

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The Kolkata Knight Riders player's sample was collected a year ago in March when they found Terbutaline - a substance that's included in the WADA Prohibited List of Substances.

Right after the statement from the BCCI, Yusuf Pathan thanked the board for letting him plead his case in a "fair and reasonable manner".

In his defence, Pathan said that he had injested the prohibited substance unknowingly after he had been advised to take the prohibited substance to cure throat infection. However, reports are hovering now saying that Pathan failed a dope test and it is learnt that BCCI informed the state association to avoid picking him. In hindsight, I should have been more careful and checked the status of the medications with BCCI's dedicated Anti-Doping Helpline. In 2016, cyclist Simon Yates also tested positive for the same drug and was handed a four-month ban. "Yusuf called up some days ago and said that he won't be able to participate in the T20 Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy this season as BCCI has asked him to not play till mid-January".

On January 9, it was announced that Pathan had failed a doping test. The board, however, had made it clear that it will not budge from its anti-doping policies and will not allow any agency's diktats.

The all-rounder was charged with the "commission of an Anti-Doping Rule Violation (ADRV) under the BCCI Anti- Doping Rules (ADR) Article 2.1 and provisionally suspended pending determination of the charge". However, the period of his ban may not be WADA complaint.

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