Pujara, Jadeja, Rahul, Mandhana And Deepti Get NADA Notice For Failing to Disclose Whereabouts
Cheteshwar Pujara (© IANS)

Five India international cricketers have been served notice by the National Anti-Doping Agency (NADA) for failing to disclose the mandatory whereabouts clause.

All five are centrally contracted including Smriti Mandhana, Deepti Sharma, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ravindra Jadeja and KL Rahul.

BCCI, on their part, has sent an explanation for the failure citing ‘password glitch’ as the reason.

“There are two ways to fill up the whereabouts form in the ADAMS (Anti Doping Administration & Management Systems) software. Either athlete does it himself or association fills it up on his or her behalf,” NADA DG Navin Agarwal explained.

“Now athletes in some discipline aren’t educated enough or do not have access to internet and find themselves unable to handle the whereabouts clause of the ADAMS or upload the filled up form. They use assistance of their concerned federations. So federations have accepted responsibility of uploading their whereabouts,” he added.

He though said that even cricketers also sometimes face difficulty.

“Similarly in cricket also, although these people are well qualified and they can do it, perhaps they don’t have the time for whatever reasons, so the federation concerned, the BCCI has taken upon itself the responsibility of uploading their whereabouts,” he said.

When asked why BCCI failed to submit the three-month whereabouts clause this time, Agarwal replied, “Well they have given an explanation which appears to be reasonable but a decision will be taken. They have said that there has been a glitch with regards to password in ADAMS. Now they have said that issue has been resolved.”

NADA will discuss BCCI’s reply.

“BCCI’s explanation will be discussed as to whether it will be counted as one of three filing failures or not. It will be decided on the explanation given and how they (BCCI) proceed from here,” he said.

Three failures to disclose results to one Anti Doping Rule Violation (ADRV), which could lead up to two years of suspension upon hearing.

An unnamed BCCI veteran has questioned why the cricketers didn’t upload their forms themselves.

“This was lockdown period where they are not living out of suitcases. Some of the names have also engaged in multiple instagram chats and podcasts which their agents are managing,” he said. “If cricket operations team were having a glitch in fixing password, well the five cricketers could have been asked to do so and they would have done it individually with some guidance.”

“Probably NADA would be lenient this time but if it becomes an official warning, then who’s responsible,” he added.