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CA tightens the noose
- anti-doping policy

Melbourne: Cricket Australia (CA) decided on Sunday that Shane Warne and any other player serving a drug ban would be prevented from training with the state and national squads.

The decision came two days after Warne, Australia’s leading wicket-taker, announced he would train privately and not seek to be involved with the national squad during his 12-month suspension which ends next February.

“In the light of legal opinions from a number of sources, we have reviewed our interpretation of that part of our (anti-doping) policy which says that suspended players should not receive assistance,” CA chairman Bob Merriman said in a statement.

“Our previous view had been that attending training, particularly to give help to members of the team, was consistent with both the wording and intention of our policy.

“However, on consideration of argument that attending is a form of assistance, we have reviewed and agreed we should take a broad rather than narrow interpretation of the wording of the policy.

“As such, directors have resolved that players suspended under the anti-doping policy should not attend training with the national, state or territory or affiliated club teams, and should not train with any Cricket Australia-contracted players.

“In the case of Shane Warne, we note that he has already volunteered to not attend training. But the directors believed there was still a principle that needed addressing — hence the resolution made at the board meeting.”

CA is continuing to examine a closer alignment with World Anti Doping Authority (WADA) policy, Merriman added.

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