Prithvi Shaw handed eight-month suspension for failing dope test
Prithvi Shaw scored a century on Test debut last year (AFP Photo)

India cricketer Prithvi Shaw has been suspended by the BCCI for Anti-Doping Rule Violation. He inadvertently ingested a prohibited substance which can be commonly found in cough syrups.

As part of BCCI’s anti-doping program testing, Shaw had provided a urine sample during a Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy match on 22nd February 2019 in Indore.

The sample was subsequently tested and found to contain Terbutaline, a specified substance which is prohibited both in and out of competition in the WADA Prohibited List of Substances.

In a statement on Tuesday BCCI said, “Mr. Shaw had provided a urine sample as part of the BCCI’s anti-doping testing program during the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy match on 22nd February 2019 in Indore. His sample was subsequently tested and found to contain Terbutaline. Terbutaline, a specified substance, is prohibited both In & Out of Competition in the WADA Prohibited List of Substances.

“On 16th July 2019, Mr. Shaw 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. Mr. Shaw responded to the charge by admitting the ADRV but asserting that it was inadvertent, being caused by his ingestion of the over the counter cough syrup he had taken for his cough.

“The BCCI is satisfied with Mr. Shaw’s explanation that he had taken Terbutaline inadvertently to treat an Respiratory Tract Infection and not as a performance-enhancing drug.”

Shaw will serve an eight-month ban backdated to 16th March 2019 that will end of November 15th.

“Mr. Shaw promptly admitted his ADRV upon being confronted with it by the BCCI, there is discretion under BCCI ADR Article 10.10.2 to back-date the start of the period of Ineligibility to the date of sample collection (22nd February 2019). However, the BCCI ADR Article 10.10.2 also requires Mr. Shaw to actually serve one half of the period of ineligibility. Therefore, further to BCCI ADR Article 10.10.2, the eight-month period of Ineligibility will be deemed to have started to run on 16th March 2019, so that it will end at midnight on 15th November 2019,” the release added.

Alongside Shaw, two more cricketers – Vidarbha’s Akshay Dullarwar and Rajasthan’s Divya Gajraj – have also been suspended for inadvertently ingesting prohibited substances.

Dullarwar took a medication for infection which had Desacetyl Deflazacort, a metabolite of Deflazacort, which is a Glucocorticoid and is prohibited. Therefore, he’s been suspended for eight months. On the other hand Gajraj’s sample found to contain Acetazolamide, which is a Diuretic & Masking Agent after he took a medicine for the treatment of an eye injury.  He has been handed a six-month suspension.