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Amitabh Chaudhary (IANS Photo)

BCCI acting secretary Amitabh Chaudhary has said that the board’s refusal to comply with National Anti-Doping Agency (NADA) has put the credibility of cricket at risk.

The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) had set October 4 as the deadline for the International Cricket Council (ICC) to convince BCCI to comply with its revised doping norms. However, with no progress on that front, WADA is gearing up to make ICC non-compliance to its norms which came into effect earlier this year in April.

“When I come back, I’m going to be writing to all concerned – Committee of Administrators (CoA) and the general body – and inform them of what’s at stake here.” Chaudhary was quoted as saying by The Times of India on Saturday. “The onus is clearly on India (BCCI) to act because if we don’t we risk the credibility of the game in a large way.”

He further added, “India and Afghanistan are the only two countries that aren’t NADA compliant but as we know, Afghanistan is a different case altogether because of where they’re coming from.”

“But in BCCI’s case, if we don’t take a step forward in this direction, we risk a global backlash to the ecosystem. Every international sport has moved together in one direction to comply with anti-doping norms. Now, why cricket is not able to move in direction, that’s the question.”

Chaudhary is in Singapore for an ICC meet and will return to India on Saturday to attend a CoA meet in New Delhi.