Sydney: Australia’s banned leg-spinner Shane Warne might not be the only cricketer to have taken drugs and other top notch players too could be committing a similar offence, according to a senior anti-doping official.
Warne’s recourse to banned diuretics to speed up his recovery from shoulder injury before the World Cup indicated that several others playing non-stop cricket could be under dope, according to Shoaib Manjra, chief of the ICC’s anti-doping agency.
“I think there is doping in cricket. We can’t say it’s not a problem in the game,” Manjra was quoted as saying by The Herald on the sidelines of a three-day conference in Copenhagen where the international sports federations are trying to thrash out a global anti-doping policy.
The WADA had come down heavily on the Australian Cricket Board for not imposing a two-year ban on Warne that is mandatory for testing positive for diuretics under its policy.
Manjra said Warne’s case highlighted a common problem.