Indian cricket needs to meet WADA with a straight bat
August 12, 2009 by Dileep
You are an Indian cricketer, so revered/reviled by the public that you can’t step out without the sunglasses and wigs that wouldn’t have been out of place on a TV show about Scousers in the 1980s. The season is over and, with just a fortnight to go before the interminable cycle of gym, practice and commercial shoots starts up again, you decide to take your family and disappear into the wilds of the Masai Mara or Iceland.
You have a good time on holiday, putting away your favourite food and the odd beverage, those little luxuries that modern sport tends to deny its practitioners. Then, in the middle of the night, around the time cricket tragics back home wake up to tune into the play from New Zealand, there’s a knock on the door. It’s an inspection team from the World Anti-Doping Agency (Wada). Bleary-eyed with sleep, you have to step into another room, drop your pyjamas and pee into a bottle, in full view of some stranger that you’ve never seen before.
This, in a nutshell, is the Doomsday scenario that has India’s cricketers refusing to accept Wada’s controversial “whereabouts” clause.
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